Integrative reviews in Dentistry

concepts, planning and execution


  • Ana Paula Hermont Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Lívia Guimarães Zina Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Karine Duarte da Silva Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Janine Mayra da Silva Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais / Universidade Salgado de Oliveira
  • Paulo Antônio Martins-Júnior Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais



Review literature as topic, Review, Methodology, Evidence-based dentistry


Aim: To provide a checklist to assist researchers in conducting integrative reviews in Dentistry.

Methods: This guideline for integrative reviews in Dentistry was designed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyzes (The PRISMA Statement).

Results: Planning integrative reviews in Dentistry involves different stages: 1. Identification of the theme (elaboration of the research question); 2. Establishment of eligibility criteria; 3. Systematized search in several databases and other data sources; 4. Data collection; 5. Data analysis; 6. Discussion; 7. Reporting the review/ summary of findings. The most common errors when conducting an integrative review are related to incomplete description or failure to perform important steps, such as: 1. Evidence synthesis; 2. A reproducible search strategy; 3. Details related to studies' searching, screening, selection; 4. Clearly state eligibility criteria; 5. Data extraction process (clearly definition of the data to be extracted, number of reviewers involved); 6. Presentation studies' screening and selection process in a flowchart format; 7. Evaluation of the quality of the studies; 8. Summary of findings.

Conclusion: A guideline for integrative reviews in Dentistry intends to reduce methodological issues frequently observed in this study design, as well as to encourage researchers to conduct studies with a robust design.


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How to Cite

Hermont, A. P., Zina, L. G. ., Silva, K. D. da, Silva, J. M. da, & Martins-Júnior, P. A. (2022). Integrative reviews in Dentistry : concepts, planning and execution. Arquivos Em Odontologia, 57, 3–7.




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