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Use of systematic review terminology and methodological quality in children’s social care

Willis, Simone ORCID:, Morgan, Helen, Morgan, Fiona ORCID: and Scourfield, Jonathan ORCID: 2021. Use of systematic review terminology and methodological quality in children’s social care. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 18 (6) , pp. 667-688. 10.1080/26408066.2021.1938827

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Purpose: What Works for Children’s Social Care has developed an ‘Evidence Store’ to improve awareness of evidence from systematic reviews in children’s social care. During review selection, some reviews were excluded due to methodological flaws, which this paper considers. Methods: Reviews were identified using a systematic search and screening process. Where reviews were identified as systematic reviews or meta-analyses, exclusion reasons were recorded and analysed. Results: The main methodological issue related to quality assessment, which was not conducted in the majority of cases. Several different types of quality assessment tools were used: scales, checklists, and domain-based approaches. Conclusions: This is the first study to examine the use of systematic review terminology in combination with the use of quality assessment tools in reviews in children’s social care. Consideration of appropriate systematic review methods will enable researchers to generate high quality evidence and support delivery of evidence-based care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Academic & Student Support Service
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1543-3714
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 May 2021
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 02:42

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