einstein (São Paulo). 01/Mar/2010;8(1):102-6.

Integrative review: what is it? How to do it?

Marcela Tavares de Souza, Michelly Dias da Silva, Rachel de Carvalho

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082010rw1134

ABSTRACT
Introduction: The integrative review is the methodology that provides synthesis of knowledge and applicability of results of significant studies to practice.
Objective:
To present the phases of an integrative review and the relevant aspects to be taken into account when using this methodological resource.
Methods:
This study was based on bibliographic search and on the experience of the authors when performing an integrative review.
Results:
Presentation of the six stages of the integrative review process: preparing the guiding question, searching or sampling the literature, data collection, critical analysis of the studies included, discussion of results and presentation of the integrative review.
Conclusions:
Considering the need to assure care based on scientific evidence, the integrative review has been identified as a unique tool in healthcare for it synthesizes investigations available on the given topic and guides practice based on scientific knowledge.

Integrative review: what is it? How to do it?

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