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Practical guide to undertaking scoping reviews for pharmacy clinicians, researchers and policymakers.

Khalil, Hanan; McInerney, Patricia; Pollock, Danielle; Alexander, Lindsay; Munn, Zac; Tricco, Andrea C.; Godfrey, Christina M.; Peters, Micah D.J.


Hanan Khalil

Patricia McInerney

Danielle Pollock

Zac Munn

Andrea C. Tricco

Christina M. Godfrey

Micah D.J. Peters


What is known and Objective: Scoping reviews are a valuable evidence synthesis methodology. They can be used to map the evidence related to any topic to allow examination of practice, methods, policy and where (and how) future research could be undertaken. As such, they are a useful form of evidence synthesis for pharmacy clinicians, researchers and policymakers to review a broad range of evidence sources. Comment: This commentary presents the most comprehensive and up to date methodology for scoping reviews published by Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI). This approach builds upon two older approaches by Arksey and O'Malley, and Levac. To assist reviewers working in the field of pharmacy with planning and conducting scoping reviews, this paper describes how to undertake scoping reviews from inception to publication with specific examples related to pharmacy topics. What is new and conclusion: The JBI scoping review methodology is a valuable evidence synthesis approach to the field of pharmacy and therapeutics. This approach can assist pharmacy clinicians, researchers and policymakers to gain an understanding of the extant literature, to identify gaps, to explore concepts, characteristics and to examine current practice.


KHALIL, H., MCINERNEY, P., POLLOCK, D., ALEXANDER, L., MUNN, Z., TRICCO, A.C., GODFREY, C.M. and PETERS, M.D.J. 2022. Practical guide to undertaking scoping reviews for pharmacy clinicians, researchers and policymakers. Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics [online], 47(2), pages 129-134. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 17, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 29, 2021
Publication Date Feb 28, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 21, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 30, 2022
Journal Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Print ISSN 0269-4727
Electronic ISSN 1365-2710
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 129-134
Keywords Evidence synthesis; Mapping; Methodology; Scoping reviews
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