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An Introduction to Literature Reviews

Decorative image of magnifying glassAs we focus our efforts on evidence-based/informed practice, we need to be fluent with the science distilled from the literature and the field. Literature reviews are key tools in this process by which a body of literature is classified using systematic methods that are intended to reduce bias and improve understandability.

This session digs into the basics of literature reviews with MCH Evidence Center staff who engage in different types of reviews as part of their work and research.

Presenters discussed different types of reviews, including scoping, rapid, narrative, meta-analysis, and mixed studies. They summarized the Ten Step Method used by the Community Preventive Services Task Force for their Community Guide. They shared their own experiences conducting literature reviews and explore tricks and tools for automating the process. 

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.