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Which review is that? A guide to review types.

A typology of literature reviews

Concept Synthesis


"Synthesis method used to identify concepts, viewpoints or ideas. Focuses on identifying the defining attributes of the concepts and can be used to develop a synthesis model" (Tricco in Sutton et al, 2016a).


Further Reading/Resources

Tricco, A. C., Antony, J., Soobiah, C., Kastner, M., Cogo, E., MacDonald, H., ... & Straus, S. E. (2016). Knowledge synthesis methods for generating or refining theory: a scoping review reveals that little guidance is available. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 73, 36-42. Link



Jung, S., Song, J. A., Kim, J., Cheon, H., & Kim, J. (2022). Family caregiver competence in managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: A concept synthesis. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 19(2), e12462. Full Text


Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 36(3), 202-222. Full Text PDF