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Systematic reference list

Omsorgsforskning i Norge

A systematic search with subsequent sorting of literature on research on care and nursing in Norway.

  • Year: 2010
  • Authors Holte HH, Kirkehei I, Vist GE.



Key message

Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services was commissioned by the Department of Municipal Health Care Services in the Ministry of Health and Care Services in Norway to perform a systematic literature search with subsequent sorting.


We searched systematically for literature on research on care and nursing in Norway in the following data bases: Medline, EMBASE,  PsycINFO,  British Nursing Index and Archive, Cochrane Library, CRD Databases, SveMed. Hilde H. Holte and Gunn E. Vist independently assessed the references for relevance according to the inclusion criteria.                  


The search identified 2710 unique references. We read the titles and abstracts independently and assessed that 588 references were on research on care or nursing. We focused on inventions about research on care and nursing, and not treatment or development of a profession. The borderlines between these topics are unclear. Within the short timeframe we included references that might be potentially irrelevant, rather than leaving them out.

References are sorted into four main categories: International comparisons or reflections where Norwegian situations are compared with similar situations in at least one other country or reflections on Norwegian care and nursing according to international variations or assessments; Administration , references that touches the whole sector, e.g. economic analyses, calculations on the need for care or nursing services, recruiting staff, organization of services; Patient groups , the most important groups either because they comprise a large number of people like demented persons or because they are different from one another like children, adolescents or dying persons, and we tried to separate elderly and patients more generally; Importance for staff , both for several of the patient groups and for the importance for staff the number of references has been large, and we have in addition sorted according to if the intervention had taken place in the home of the patient or in a nursing home.