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Published 2016 in "Evidence-Based Nursing": "Literature reviews aim to answer focused questions to: inform professionals and patients of the best available evidence when making healthcare decisions; influence policy; and identify future research priorities. Although over 14 types of reviews have been identified,1 literature reviews can be broadly divided into narrative (descriptive) reviews, scoping reviews, rapid evidence assessments (rapid reviews) and systematic reviews."
Published 2010 in "Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal": "So what is a “winning literature search”? Simply put, it is one that provides you with the information you need to find the types of articles that will help you with clinical practice or research. Literature searching is a combination of an art and a science. Understanding the basic anatomy and physiology of searching can get you started on finding the information you need."
Published 2009 in "Nursing Standard": "This article aims to help you conduct a literature search, review of mixed literature and to write a final description that incorporates different ways of examining what the literature tells us.After reading this article you should be able to: Plan an effective literature search strategy; Identify the most appropriate ways to review the different types of literature obtained; Explore ways to write up your evaluation of the literature as a whole; Reach an informed opinion on the ways that others have reviewed the literature."
The Critical Appraisals Skills Programme (CASP) has 25 years of significant and unrivalled expertise in the delivery of training to healthcare professionals. This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.