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Reporting characteristics of systematic reviews in Psychology: A scoping review.

Authors
  • Steil, Andrea Valéria1
  • Dias, Natália Martins1
  • Lopes, Fernanda Machado1
  • Silva, Mariana Luíza Becker da1
  • Bousfield, Andrea Barbará da Silva1
  • De Luca Canto, Graziela1
  • 1 Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2022
Volume
27
Issue
13
Pages
2964–2981
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/13591053221074592
PMID: 35148652
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article describes the reporting characteristics of systematic reviews (SRs) in Psychology. The inclusion criteria were self-declared SRs in all branches of Psychology, published between 2019 and 2020. The search was performed in the PsycINFO and MEDLINE databases, from which 2487 records were identified, and 305 papers selected. There were many discrepancies in the reporting of Psychology SRs. Some PRISMA items, such as self-identification as an SR, description of the aim and the inclusion criteria, specification of the databases, and the description of the search and selection process using a flow diagram were reported in more than 90% of the SRs. Other items had lower coverage, such as the specification of the PICO framework, presentation of the complete search strategies, mention of the reporting guidelines, description of the exclusion criteria, performance of a risk of bias assessment, and analysis of the quality of the evidence, among others. The study highlights the need to improve the planning, performance and reporting of SR in Psychology.

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