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An Audit of Literature Reviews Published in Australian Social Work (2007-2017)
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4578-0501
Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, Sydney, Australia; School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
2020 (English)In: Australian Social Work, ISSN 0312-407X, E-ISSN 1447-0748, Vol. 73, no 1, p. 18-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined the nature of literature reviews published in Australian Social Work between 2007 and 2017. An audit was conducted to determine the number of reviews; types of reviews (systematic, meta-analysis, metasynthesis, scoping, narrative, conceptual, critical); and elements that were commonly reported (based on items drawn from the PRISMA checklist) including quality appraisal. A total of 21 reviews were identified. Results showed the overall number of reviews published remained relatively consistent across the decade. In relation to review types, systematic and scoping reviews appeared with greater frequency in more recent years. Most reviews reported significant proportions of the elements consistent with the type of review undertaken, although a minority did not report the search strategies and only one review included a quality appraisal. In conclusion, the reviews published over the last decade provide a strong foundation upon which further advances in the diversity and quality of reviews can be built.

IMPLICATIONS

  • Literature reviews are an indispensable tool for accessingknowledge to inform social work practice.
  • This first audit of literature reviews in Australian Social Work found a growing sophistication in the reviews published over the pastdecade.
  • Continued improvements in the design, conduct, and reporting of literature reviews will be an invaluable resource in equipping the profession to respond successfully to the growing complexity of demands placed on social work practice in the 21st century.
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Routledge , 2020. Vol. 73, no 1, p. 18-31
Keywords [en]
Review, Scoping Review, Systematic Review, Social Work, Quality Appraisal
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-32085DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2019.1571619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-32085DiVA, id: diva2:1397154
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2020-02-27Bibliographically approved

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