Moving from consultation to co-creation with knowledge users in scoping reviews: Guidance from the JBI Scoping Review Methodology Group

Danielle Pollock, Lyndsay Alexander, Zachary Munn, Micah D.J. Peters, Hanan Khalil, Christina M. Godfrey, Patricia McInerney, Anneliese Synnot, Andrea C. Tricco

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ABSTRACTKnowledge user consultation is often limited or omitted in the conduct of scoping reviews. Not including knowledge users within the conduct and reporting of scoping reviews could be due to a lack of guidance or understanding about what consultation requires and the subsequent benefits. Knowledge user engagement in evidence synthesis, including consultation approaches, has many associated benefits, including improved relevance of the research and better dissemination and implementation of research findings. Scoping reviews, however, have not been specifically focused on in terms of research into knowledge user consultation and evidence syntheses. In this paper, we will present JBI's guidance for knowledge user engagement in scoping reviews based on the expert opinion of the JBI Scoping Review Methodology Group. We offer specific guidance on how this can occur and provide information regarding how to report and evaluate knowledge user engagement within scoping reviews. We believe that scoping review authors should embed knowledge user engagement into all scoping reviews and strive towards a co-creation model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-979
Number of pages11
JournalJBI Evidence Synthesis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • engagement
  • evidence synthesis
  • knowledge user
  • methodology
  • scoping reviews

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