"Scoping out" best practice: the use of reflexivity in the conduct of scoping reviews

Clay, Georgia, Evans, Adam Brian, Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Henderson, Hannah (2022) "Scoping out" best practice: the use of reflexivity in the conduct of scoping reviews. In: 8th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE), 26th - 28th July 2022, Durham.

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Scoping reviews have become increasingly popular in recent years, including in relation to qualitative research to map, summarise and communicate extant literature and information sources, whilst also identifying specific areas requiring further research. Guidelines have also become increasingly rigorous in requiring scoping reviews to be as ‘systematic’ as possible, to be more consistent in the reporting of the methods utilised, as well as enhancing the trustworthiness (variously defined) of findings. Those trying to follow such guidelines must navigate a myriad of decisions about inclusion and exclusion criteria, developing a sound search strategy, adopting an appropriate approach to analysis, particularly where qualitative findings are included, and engaging with the overall iterative nature of the process. This can be particularly challenging for doctoral and neophyte researchers. In this presentation, we provide an overview of some the advantages for using reflexivity in the conduct of scoping reviews. Personal insights are derived from the use of reflexive journaling throughout the conduct of a scoping review for a doctoral study. We address key challenges identified throughout the scoping process, and how the use of reflexivity provided a powerful mechanism to address these challenges, especially where there is limited literature offering solutions. In presenting detailed instances of employing reflexivity in decision-making, we hope to share ideas with others conducting scoping reviews, and to identify key considerations for qualitative researchers contemplating undertaking this type of review in the future.

Keywords:Scoping review, Reflexivity, Review methods, Physical activity
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
X Education > X290 Research and Study skills not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:23 Feb 2023 11:34

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