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Evidence-based Information Systems (IS) research: the case of systematic literature review (SLR)
  • Salifu Yusif,
  • Abdul Hafeez-Baig
Salifu Yusif
University of Southern Queensland

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Abdul Hafeez-Baig
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Over the last decades there have been increased in the application of information systems (IS) in the form of digital health technologies to enhance access to healthcare services, improve healthcare quality and efficiency of healthcare systems. Evidence on the efficiency of digital health technologies in clinical settings to enable the adoption and scaling up of such technologies is buried in ever increasing and complex extant literature including grey due to lack of the application of robust evidence-based research in IS. By and large, in the medical and health domain, decision-making is based on evidence-based research. In this study, we advocate for the increased use of evidence-based research using systematic literature review (SLR) as reference point in IS interventions especially in healthcare settings as digital health interventions increase. We believe the increased use/application of evidence-based research in the domain of IS will be key to identifying and scaling up relevant digital health technologies, and one step forward from “potential” as they are known for. We demonstrate this by liking IS research to medical research in various aspects. We also provide a step-by-step guide to conducting systematic review in IS including strategies on how to harness evidence through strategic use of the contentious grey literature.