Developing a Systematic Map to Describe the Evidence Base Underpinning the Experience and Management of Chronic Pain for Older People Belonging to Five Faith Groups
a Practical Guide
Keywords:pain, religion, faith, ethnicity, systematic review, knowledge review, nursing, nurse
Systematic mapping of literature creates searchable datasets and conceptual maps of available evidence and helps to identify gaps in the evidence base. It provides a rigorous and transparent method to develop comprehensive data sets of the complex literature. In this paper we share our experiences of developing a systematic map to locate and describe the available literature to inform further the empirical stage of a research project which explored the experiences and meaning of pain with older people across these five different faith groups, namely: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The six stages of the development of the map are described and the complexity involved in developing the map in this area where intersectionality is a major issue. This refers to the overlap between ethnicity, faith and culture as well as other key variables such as gender and socio-economic status.
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