Quality appraisal of spatial epidemiology and health geography research: A scoping review of systematic reviews

Sarah M. Wood, Laura Alston, Hannah Beks, Kevin Mc Namara, Neil T. Coffee, Robyn A. Clark, Anna Wong Shee, Vincent L. Versace

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Abstract

A scoping review of peer-reviewed literature was conducted to understand how systematic reviews assess the methodological quality of spatial epidemiology and health geography research. Fifty-nine eligible reviews were identified and included. Variations in the use of quality appraisal tools were found. Reviews applied existing quality appraisal tools with no adaptations (n = 32; 54%), existing quality appraisal tools with adaptations (n = 9; 15%), adapted tools or methods from other reviews (n = 13; 22%), and developed new quality appraisal tools for the review (n = 5; 8%). Future research should focus on developing and validating a quality appraisal tool that evaluates the spatial methodology within studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103108
Number of pages12
JournalHealth and Place
Volume83
Early online date29 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Keywords

  • Critical appraisal
  • Health geography
  • Methodological quality
  • Quality appraisal
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Systematic review

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