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Pope C, Mays N, Popay J.
Synthesising qualitative and quantitative health evidence. A guide to methods.
Maidenhead: Open University Press. 2007.

Meta-Synthesis Method for Qualitative ..

ConclusionsMeta-ethnography is an effective method for synthesising qualitative research.

Meta-synthesis method for qualitative research: a literature review

Meta-summary uses “quantitatively oriented aggregation of qualitative findings that are themselves topical or thematic summaries or surveys of data”. Such summaries can be conducted on their own, or in association with more traditional qualitative synthesis, and can include qualitative and quantitative descriptive findings.

Synthesising Qualitative and Quantitative Health Evidence: A

Thematic synthesis is often (but not exclusively) used for analysing qualitative data alongside quantitative data synthesis. Initially developed by researchers from the , it addresses questions around “what works,” primarily in relation to health promotion interventions. This method develops analytical themes through descriptive synthesis and finding of explanations relevant to a particular review question.

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Meta-ethnography: Synthesising Qualitative Studies …

and (2008) ‘Methods for the thematic synthesis of qualitative research in systematic reviews’, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 8(45).

Meta ethnography: synthesising qualitative data.

This book chapter is about the systematic review of qualitative research as a methodologically robust approach to identifying, appraising and synthesising the findings of existing qualitative research reports about the patient experience. Systematic review of quantitative research evidence has been the cornerstone of evidence based medicine (EBM). While initial renderings of EBM sometimes advocated a restricted understanding of “evidence”, there has been increasing recognition from policy makers and practitioners that different kinds of evidence are required to understand different sorts of questions. In particular, understanding the patient perspective is crucial in order to understand aspects such as how and why some kinds of interventions are more successful than others and what patient preferences might be. The chapter considers the theory and practice of synthesising qualitative findings from across a number of localities, times and groups.

Synthesising Qualitative Evidence;

Although there is recognition of the need for qualitative research to be brought into the evidence base, there is no consensus about how this should be done and the methods for synthesising qualitative research are at a relatively early stage of development.

recently ran a two day event on synthesising qualitative research for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

Synthesising qualitative findings

Meta-ethnography is currently the most commonly used method . Meta-ethnography involves seven steps which, by bringing together findings from individual interpretive accounts, produces a new interpretation of the data. It involves both induction and interpretation, and thus follows a similar approach to the methods of qualitative data analysis used in the studies being synthesised.

Further research is required to investigate how different methods of qualitative synthesis influence the outcome of the synthesis.

Methods for the thematic synthesis of qualitative …

The process of reciprocally translating the findings from each individual study into those from all the other studies in the synthesis, if applied rigorously, ensures that qualitative data can be combined.

and  (2009)Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: a critical review. NCRM Working Paper. NCRM. (Unpublished)

Synthesising qualitative and quantitative health evidence

"Synthesising Qualitative and Quantitative Health Evidence" is essential reading for students and professional researchers who need to assemble and synthesise findings and insights from multiple sources.