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Titre du document / Document title

Meta-synthesis method for qualitative research : a literature review

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

WALSH Denis ; DOWNE Soo ;

Résumé / Abstract

Aim. This paper discusses the purpose and stages of meta-synthesis and the epistemological status of knowledge generated from the technique. Particular attention is paid to exploring the contested areas of the method thatremain. Background. There is a growing interest in meta-synthesis as a technique for generating new insights and understanding from qualitative health care research. An increasing number of meta-synthesis papers are appearing in the nursing and midwifery literature. Methods. Literature on the technique of meta-synthesis and examples of meta-synthesis papers were searched and reviewed. A meta-synthesis exercise was undertaken, and this informed reflection and critique of the method. Findings. Meta-synthesis attempts to integrate results from a number of different but inter-related qualitative studies. The technique has an interpretive, rather than aggregating, intent, in contrast to meta-analysis of quantitative studies. Examples from the literature indicate that some aspects of the technique are not yet fully established. Conclusion. Despite the contingent nature of evidence gleaned from meta-synthesis and current lack of consensus about some of its aspects, meta-synthesis is an important technique for qualitative researchers and can deepen understanding of the contextual dimensions of health care.

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of advanced nursing    ISSN  0309-2402 

Source / Source

2005, vol. 50, no2, pp. 204-211 [8 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Blackwell, London, ROYAUME-UNI  (1976) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22036, 35400012507431.0100

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