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Justification, rationale and methodological approaches to realist reviews

Pearsons, Alice; Neubeck, Lis; Hendricks, Jeroen; Hanson, Coral


Jeroen Hendricks


Realist reviews offer a method to understand why an intervention is successful or not. Many factors influence how complex healthcare interventions are delivered and this makes understanding what works difficult. Effectiveness depends on delivery context, and success in one setting does not guarantee the same result in alternate settings. How an intervention works (the underlying mechanisms) in a particular setting for one population group, may not work in the same way for a different group. A realist review provides an iterative theory-driven approach to help understand how and for whom and under what conditions an intervention works.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 21, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 26, 2022
Publication Date 2023-01
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2023
Journal European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Print ISSN 1474-5151
Electronic ISSN 1873-1953
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 107-112
Keywords Research methods, Realist review, Interventions
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