Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Best Practices for the Conduct of Scoping Reviews SOLD OUT

11may10:00 am12:00 pmBest Practices for the Conduct of Scoping Reviews SOLD OUT10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room CA005, Cairns Building, University of Galway

Event Details

Date: 11th May 2023

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: CA0005, Aras Cairnes, University of Galway

Fee: General Admission €30 / Student €15

Places: 25 available for individuals who are resident in Ireland & Northern Ireland

Skill Level: Introductory

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals, academics, researchers, decision makers, librarians, information specialists, and Evidence Synthesis Ireland fellows and teaching faculty who would like to learn more about the conduct of scoping reviews.

Pre-requisites: This course is for any health researcher, clinician, manager, policy maker who want to better conduct or evaluate scoping reviews. Skills related to other forms of knowledge syntheses (e.g., systematic reviews, realist reviews) is helpful for participants to have, but not a necessary requirement for the course. Participants must be familiar with the concept of knowledge syntheses and come to the course with a general understanding of the concept of a scoping review. 


Estimates for the generation of research evidence suggest that there is an increasing number of trials and systematic reviews published daily.  Knowledge syntheses are essential to advance practice and research through consolidation of evidence. Such reviews can also help knowledge users work more efficiently to make evidence-based decisions. Among the various types of knowledge synthesis, the scoping review has become increasingly popular. Scoping reviews are a form of knowledge synthesis that incorporate a range of study designs to comprehensively summarize and synthesize evidence with the aim of informing practice, programs and policy and providing direction to future research priorities.  As a method of knowledge synthesis, scoping reviews have potential to advance health care practice, policy and research. However, variability on the methodological conduct and reporting of scoping reviews prevents scoping reviews from fully reaching this potential.  In this course, we will focus on best practices for the conduct of scoping reviews. 


Advance introductory knowledge on the conduct of scoping reviews  

Learning Outcomes:

In this course participants will be enabled to:

  • Understand steps and best practices for the conduct of scoping reviews. 
  • Distinguish between scoping reviews and other forms of knowledge syntheses. 
  • Understand methods resources for scoping reviews. 
  • Develop methodological skills in the conduct of scoping reviews.  
  • Recognize scoping reviews of varying quality/critique a scoping review 

Teaching Strategies:

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, small group work and large group discussions.


Dr Heather Colquhoun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is an occupational therapist, an implementation scientist and a scoping review enthusiast. Heather is an author on 9 scoping review methods papers and has participated in the development and publication of numerous scoping review protocols and papers. These projects have been completed with at least 200 different team members. She has recently been conducting a scoping review that is patient partner initiated and co-led. 

Dr Andrea C. Tricco is a Scientist and Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She is also a Co-Director & Adjunct Associate Professor for the Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence at Queen’s University. Her research program focuses on advancing the science of knowledge synthesis and responding to information needs of decision-makers. 

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Room CA005, Cairns Building, University of Galway