Secondary Logo

Journal Logo

September 2021 - Volume 19 - Issue 9

  • Edoardo Aromataris, PhD
  • 2689-8381
  • Monthly

Welcome to the latest issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis. We are pleased to present a variety of systematic and scoping reviews this month.

Scoping reviews continue to be a popular methodology for reviewers; however, it's important to remember that not all review questions and objectives align with a scoping methodology. The first scoping review in this issue explores "Nonpharmacological interventions used in the perioperative period to prevent anxiety in adolescents." In their introductory editorial, the authors explain why a scoping review was chosen as the most appropriate methodology to answer their questions. From their findings, the authors concluded that a subsequent review assessing effectiveness would be possible. We encourage future authors to familiarize themselves with JBI's guidance for the conduct of scoping reviews before developing their protocols.

Another scoping review in this issue explores "Dietary management for people with ileostomy." A qualitative review presents the "Experiences of learning, development, and preparedness for clinical practice among undergraduate paramedicine students, graduate/intern paramedics, and their preceptors." Finally, a systematic review examines the "Association between anti-thyroid antibodies and quality of life in patients with Hashimoto thyroiditis."

This issue also includes an obituary for Dr Catalin Tufanaru​ who sadly passed at the end of July following a long battle with illness. During his many years with JBI, Catalin was instrumental in developing many of the methodologies and methods JBI review authors adhere to.   

We hope you explore the full table of contents, including many upcoming research projects, here​.

Mara Lambert, BA​
Managing Editor

​​​​​JBI Evidence Synthesis acknowledges the vital role of peer review in ensuring the high quality of the content we publish. Each year, we publicly thank those peer reviewers who contributed to the journal during the previous calendar year. A list of those who reviewed for JBI Evidence Synthesis in 2020 is available here.

To coincide with Peer Review Week 2021 on September 20-24, we would like to recognize two outstanding peer reviewers whose work consistently demonstrates excellence: Diná Cruz and Deborah Edwards. The theme of this year's Peer Review Week is "Identity in Peer Review." Below, Diná​ and Deborah offer some brief thoughts on this theme and the peer review process.

Please visit the Peer Review Week website to find a selection of activities and resources, including online events, blogs, and videos. 

DinaMCruz 2021.jpegDiná Cruz
Brazilian Centre for Evidence-based Healthcare, São Paulo, Brazil

This year, Peer Review Week will highlight “the ways the scholarly community can foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive peer review practices." That will certainly provide us with materials for self-reflection on our experiences as peer reviewers and sharpen our awareness on the context of such practices.


Deborah Edwards
The Wales Centre for Evidence-based Care, Cardiff, UK

Peer review shouldn't be a process that is just conducted by researchers from a few select establishments, but one that encompasses a variety of opinions from a diverse range of cultural settings. I value the way in which the JBI partners with such organizations enabling us to mentor those with less experience.  ​

See the latest developments in JBI SUMARI software to aid in the conduct and reporting of diverse types of JBI systematic reviews. Read more here. 


Experiences of health care personnel in promoting a sense of home for older adults living in residential care facilities: a qualitative systematic review protocol

Matarese, Maria; Mauro, Lucia; Notarnicola, Ippolito; More

JBI Evidence Synthesis. 19(9):2367-2372, September 2021.

Experiences and effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions delivered in the acute setting: a mixed methods systematic review protocol

George, Stacey; Barrett, Matt; De Ionno, Jessica; More

JBI Evidence Synthesis. 19(9):2457-2463, September 2021.