Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Choosing the Right Approach
October 2011, BMJ Books
This book brings balance to the options available to researchers, including approaches that have not had a substantial uptake among researchers. It provides arguments for when and why researchers or other parties of interest should opt for a certain approach to synthesis, which challenges they might face in adopting it and what the potential strengths and weaknesses are compared with other approaches.
This book acts as a resource for readers who would otherwise have to piece together the methodology from a range of journal articles. In addition, it should stimulate further development and documentation of synthesis methodology in a field that is characterized by diversity.
List of Contributors.
1 “It looks great but how do I know if it fits?”: an introduction to meta-synthesis research (Barbara L. Paterson).
2 Obstacles to the implementation of Evidence-Based Practice in Belgium: a worked example of meta-aggregation (Karin Hannes and Alan Pearson).
3 Medicine taking for asthma: a worked example of meta-ethnography (Nicky Britten and Catherine Pope).
4 The use of Morphine to treat cancer related pain: a worked example of Critical Interpretive Synthesis (Kate Flemming and Elizabeth McInnes)
5 The Internet in medical education: a worked example of a realist review (Geoff Wong).
6 Mixed methods synthesis: a worked example (Josephine Kavanagh, Fiona Cambell, Angela Harden and James Thomas).
7 Bayesian approaches to the synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research findings (Jamie L. Crandell, Corrine I. Voils and Margarete Sandelowski).
8 Conclusion (Nathan Manning).