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Table 1 Illustrative use of the RETREAT framework for this systematic literature review

From: Gendered experiences of providing informal care for older people: a systematic review and thematic synthesis

Review Question

Qualitative, fixed, descriptive question. Use of the framework Population, Exposure, Outcome (PEO) to formulate the question.


Preference of a method less reliant on epistemological considerations

Time/ Timeframe

Limited, less than a year


An externally funded project, one author- reviewer with the supervision of three academic staff. Access to the software.


PhD researcher, one author/−reviewer, need of an accessible form of synthesis

Audience and Purpose

Part of a doctoral dissertation, academics but also health professionals and practitioners.

Type(s) of Data

An exhaustive search on different databases conducted.

Reporting Standards

ENTREQ: Enhancing transparency in reporting the synthesis of qualitative research

Choice of Method

Thematic Synthesis