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Introduction to Literature Reviews

ATMCH logoAs we focus our efforts on evidence-based/informed practice, we need to be fluent with the science distilled from the literature and the field. Literature reviews are key tools in this process by which a body of literature is classified using systematic methods that are intended to reduce bias and improve understandability.

This session digs into the basics of literature reviews with colleagues who engage in different types of reviews as part of their work and research.

Presenters discussed different types of reviews, including scoping, rapid, narrative, meta-analysis, and mixed studies. They summarized the Ten Step Method used by the Community Preventive Services Task Force for their Community Guide. They shared their own experiences conducting literature reviews and explore tricks and tools for automating the process. 


MCH ProfessionalsPresenters

W. Oscar Fleming, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Department of MCH and Public Health Leadership Program and Evidence-Based Decision Making Core Lead, National MCH Workforce Development Center.

Lan Le, MPA, Research Director for the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and lead author for the Strengthen the Evidence for MCH Programs evidence reports.

John Richards, MA, Executive Director, National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Principal Investigator for the MCH Navigator and MCH Evidence Center.

Keisha Watson, PhD, Program Director for the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and evaluator for the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.


Introduction to Literature Reviews
February 2022

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.