A model for critical review of literature - With vaginismus as an example
2007 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, Vol. 28, no 1, 21-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article we present a behavioral model for the critical review of the literature within a certain research field, using vaginismus as an example. We searched the literature for the title word "vaginismus" and analyzed to what extent the articles dealt with the following seven categories: prevention, etiology, maintaining factors, consequences, object of intervention, method of intervention, and method of evaluation. In each category we scrutinized the content of the articles for biological, psychological, social, relational, and gender aspects. Quality requirements of etiological and treatment studies were then added and the results presented in a "quality-adjusted" model. There were 102 articles during 1985-2001, of which 22 were included in the review. Most of the articles deal with supposed predisposing factors of etiology and different aspects of intervention. Only a few articles discuss precipitating factors, maintaining factors, or consequences of the problem. No article had a gender analysis. Only 11 of the articles fulfilled some of the proposed quality criteria. We found the behavioral model with quality requirements useful for classifying and evaluating the literature of vaginismus. The model may also be used as a guide to design methodologically good studies. © 2007 Informa UK Ltd.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 28, no 1, 21-36 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-41375DOI: 10.1080/01674820701207403Local ID: 55814OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-41375DiVA: diva2:262227