As part of the series of capstone courses in the DMSc program, you will be asked to plan and undertake a scoping review project. This page is an introduction to scoping reviews and their methodology, and acts as a primer before you starting learning in-depth through your coursework.
"Scoping reviews are a type of evidence synthesis that aims to systematically identify and map the breadth of evidence available on a particular topic, field, concept, or issue, often irrespective of source (ie, primary research, reviews, non-empirical evidence) within or across particular contexts. Scoping reviews can clarify key concepts/definitions in the literature and identify key characteristics or factors related to a concept, including those related to methodological research."
Scoping reviews typically seek to answer broad research questions or explore broad topics. As such, question frameworks such as PICO rarely apply. The JBI Manual recommends the use of the Population, Concept, and Context framework to guide question development. Your research question should identify the population, concept, and contexts of interest to your scoping review.
Your research question may be one primary question, or can be a primary question with sub-questions that clarify aspects of your PCC. As scoping reviews seek to review the state of the existing literature, your question may reference existing knowledge in some manner.
For assistance with question development, please contact your liaison librarian.
What is known in the existing literature about burnout among health sciences students undergoing clinical education?