Focus on Qualitative Methods Qualitative Metasynthesis: Issues and Techniques

Department of Women's and Children's Health, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599, USA.
Research in Nursing & Health (Impact Factor: 1.27). 09/1997; 20(4):365-71. DOI: 10.1002/(sici)1098-240x(199708)20:460;365::aid-nur962;;2-e
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There has been an accumulation of qualitative studies in recent years, but little cumulation of the understandings gained from them. Qualitative research appears endangered both by efforts to synthesize studies and by the failure to do so. Techniques used have included reciprocal translations of key metaphors and concepts and qualitative and quantitative comparative analyses to produce narrative and theoretical integrations. The major problem yet to be resolved is developing usable and communicable systematic approaches to conducting metasynthesis projects that maintain the integrity of individual studies.

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    • "Two widely known synthesis approaches to systematic reviews are meta-analysis using quantitative (QUAN) methods (Higgins and Green 2011) and meta-synthesis (a.k.a. metasynthesis) using qualitative (QUAL) methods (Sandelowski et al. 1997; Jenson and Allen 1994). Both have well defined references and standardized procedures for producing systematic reviews. "

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    • "Sandelowski et al. (p. 366) [20], for example, define qualitative metasynthesis as theories, grand narratives, generalizations, or interpretive translations produced from the integration or comparison of findings from qualitative studies. "
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