Addressing diversity and complexity in the community engagement literature: The rationale for a realist review

Richardson EZL, Bandewar SVS, Boulanger RF, Mehta R, Lin T, Vincent R, Molyneux S, Goldstone A, Lavery JV
Wellcome Open Res. 2020;5

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In this research note we reflect on our failed attempt to synthesize the community engagement literature through a standard systematic review and explain our rationale for now embarking on a realist synthesis of community engagement in global health research. We believe this paper will be helpful for many who grapple with the lack of clarity about community engagement's core elements and mechanisms.