About the Irmat

intgrative Review methodology appraisal tool


Finalized as a pilot tool in the summer of 2023 as doctoral dissertation research, the Integrative Review Methodology Appraisal Tool (IRMAT, “ear-mat”) is designed to appraise whether recommended methodological elements are present in published integrative reviews in the nursing literature. The IRMAT demonstrates evidence of construct validity, internal consistency reliability, and inter-rater reliability. The IRMAT has implications for educating doctoral nursing students and nurses in clinical practice on appraising integrative reviews in the nursing literature. The IRMAT may also be used by editors and peer reviewers to appraise submitted nursing integrative reviews prior to publication.

This research project was supported by the Medical Library Association, Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship 2023 and used software resources provided through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, Award Number 2UL1TR001425. The content on this website and of this project is the authors’ responsibility and does not reflect the official views of the Medical Library Association nor the National Institutes of Health.


about the irmat developer

Emily B. Kean, pHd, AHIP

The IRMAT was developed by Emily B. Kean, PhD, AHIP. Emily received a Masters of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and completed a Nursing Research PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2023, during which the pilot version of the IRMAT was completed. She has over fifteen years of experience working as a health information professional, the majority of which were spent as the Electronic Resources Librarian at the Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2021, Emily was awarded membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished level and was also inducted into the Beta Iota Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Research interests include using technology to facilitate the delivery of effective information literacy instruction, integrative reviews and expert literature searching methodologies, and nursing research education across the academic and professional continuum.

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