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State of the Science Is...
A state of the science, or SOS, paper is:
- A literature synthesis
- A useful overview for understanding what is happening with the science in a specific aspect of a topic
- A literature review
- An expert analysis by an authority in the field, grounded in the literature
Take a look at this useful overview of the SOS paper for nurses from East Tennessee State University. Page 6 offers a handy overview of the process.
State of the Science Isn't...
An SOS is not:
- Appropriate to use for making clinical decisions
- A systematic review
- A scoping review
- A clinical practice guideline