Skip to Main Content

Which review is that? A guide to review types.

A typology of literature reviews

Qualitative Review Family

This family of reviews have been grouped together as they undertake the "...generic process of reviewing qualitative studies (e.g. qualitative meta-synthesis or qualitative evidence synthesis); relate to the specific synthesis method used (e.g. thematic synthesis or framework synthesis); or, perhaps most commonly, attribute the synthesis process to the entire review output (e.g. a meta-ethnography or a critical interpretive synthesis)."  (Sutton, et al 2019)

Qualitative Review Family


Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal36(3), 202-222.