JBI Evidence Synthesis

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May 2023 - Volume 21 - Issue 5

  • Edoardo Aromataris, PhD
  • 2689-8381
  • Monthly


JBI Evidence Synthesis has long been committed to disseminating the best available evidence in health care as broadly as possible. As part of this mission, we are excited to launch a new program offering authors with proficiency in a language other than English the opportunity to submit translations of their review abstract, which are freely available. We are pleased to offer 3 translated abstracts in this issue as part of the launch, available in the Supplemental Digital Content (SDC) aligned with each manuscript: “Incidence of severe infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis taking biologic agents: a systematic review" includes a Japanese translation, and “Wants and needs for involvement experienced by relatives of patients with an acquired brain injury: a scoping review" features a German and Danish translation. This month's editorial discusses the clear need for this initiative as well as the rationale and aims of the project, and how we see it sitting within the broader scientific research community's work.

This month, we also feature 1 review and 3 protocols on aspects of COVID-19. The review, “Identifying H1N1 and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy or refusal among health care providers: a scoping review" applies scoping review methodology to examine the evidence on the attitudes of health care providers in relation to H1N1 and COVID-19 vaccines, in particular vaccine hesitancy or refusal. One protocol examines the evidence on vascular access in critically ill patients with COVID-19, while another qualitative review protocol brings a lens to the experiences of carers of adult stroke patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The third scoping review protocol​ examines nurses' ethical challenges during the pandemic and the strategies applied to address these. All 4 articles bring attention to important themes within the broad range of COVID-19 literature.

And for those with a special interest in methodology, this month's collection of protocols covers nearly all of the JBI methodology types, including scoping, qualitative, mixed methods, effectiveness, and umbrella reviews.

We hope you enjoy this month's issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis.​

Melanie Dankel

IPEd Accredited Editor, BA GradDipEdit&Publ 
Editorial Officer