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Review approach

A systematic realist review will be conducted because it is the most appropriate approach to answer the review question and aims.

Realist synthesis methods are developing (Greenhalgh et al, 2011) including through the work of members of this project team (Rycroft-Malone et al, 2012, McCormack et al, 2013), and are becoming increasingly popular because of the potential to unpack complex, contextually contingent issues, such as in the case of this proposal about workforce development.

Our review will be conducted in 4 phases over 18 months:

  1. Programme theory development.
  2. Evidence search, retrieval, review and extraction.
  3. Programme theory testing and refinement through evidence synthesis.
  4. Development of actionable recommendations.


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