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Which review is that? A guide to review types.

A typology of literature reviews

Integrative Review

"An integrative review is a specific review method that summarizes past empirical or theoretical literature to provide a more comprehensive understanding of a particular phenomenon or healthcare problem"  The framework for the stages in an integrative review include, problem identification; literature search; data evaluation; data analysis; and presentation (Whittemore R.,and  Knafl K. 2005).


Further Reading/Resources

Key paper
Whittemore, R., & Knafl, K. (2005). The integrative review: updated methodology. Journal of advanced nursing, 52(5), 546-553. Full Text PDF

Toronto, Coleen E & Toronto, Coleen E., (editor.) & Remington, Ruth, (editor.) (2020). A step-by-step guide to conducting an integrative review (1st ed. 2020). Springer, Cham, Switzerland Catalogue Link

Souza, M. T. D., Silva, M. D. D., & Carvalho, R. D. (2010). Integrative review: what is it? How to do it?. Einstein (São Paulo), 8, 102-106. Full Text

Hopia, H., Latvala, E., & Liimatainen, L. (2016). Reviewing the methodology of an integrative review. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 30(4), 662-669. Full Text

Russell, C. L. (2005). An overview of the integrative research review. Progress in transplantation, 15(1), 8-13.
Full Text

Toronto, C. E., & Remington, R. (Eds.). (2020). A step-by-step guide to conducting an integrative review. Cham, Swizterland: Springer International Publishing. Catalogue Link



Stormacq, C., Van den Broucke, S., & Wosinski, J. (2019). Does health literacy mediate the relationship between socioeconomic status and health disparities? Integrative review. Health promotion international, 34(5), e1-e17. Full Text PDF


Whittemore R., Knafl K. (2005) The integrative review: updated methodology. Journal of Advanced Nursing ,52, 546–553. Full Text