Reviewing Literature in Bioethics Research: Increasing Rigour in Non-Systematic Reviews
Bioethics | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015
The recent interest in systematic review methods in bioethics has highlighted the need for greater transparency in all literature review processes undertaken in bioethics projects. In this article, I articulate features of a good bioethics literature review that does not aim to be systematic, but rather to capture and analyse the key ideas relevant to a research question. I call this a critical interpretive literature review. I begin by sketching and comparing three different types of literature review conducted in bioethics scholarship. Then, drawing on Dixon-Wood's concept of critical interpretive synthesis, I put forward six features of a good critical interpretive literature review in bi..View full abstract
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I am grateful to Clare Delany for her insightful feedback on this work. I am also grateful to the audience at the 2013 conference of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, particularly Hudson Birden, for their helpful suggestions. This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (grant DE120100488).