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Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research

Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research
A Practical Guide to Meta-Analysis and Meta-Synthesis

  • Barbara L. Paterson - Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, University of British Colombia, Canada
  • Sally E. Thorne - University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Connie Canam - University of British Colombia, Canada
  • Carol Jillings - University of British Colombia, Canada

June 2001 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Meta-study is an exciting new opportunity for the analysis and synthesis of qualitative research findings. Over the last two decades, a wide range of methods and approaches originating from the social and health sciences have provided a wealth of new knowledge sources from which to develop theory.

This book provides step-by-step directions for how to conduct a meta-study, as well as recommendations for tools and standards for the application of this approach.

Meta-study entails an exhaustive analysis of the theory, method, and findings of research in a substantive area. These analytic processes form the foundation upon which a credible synthesis of new knowledge can be explored. Meta-study permits investigators to:

{ look beyond individual findings

{ critically interpret variations and contradictions in the body of available research

{ move toward the potential for knowledge synthesis

The authors of this timely volume:

{ differentiate between meta-analysis and meta-synthesis

{ write in a how-to style

{ illustrate each step with examples from their own meta-study projects in the substantive field of chronic illness

{ use their own experience with performing a meta-study to explain the process, including past mistakes and retrospective insight

Laying the Groundwork for Meta-Study
The Retrieval and Assessment of Primary Research
Evaluation, Dissemination and Future Challenges

Very good book but will only be relevant to a relatively small number of students

Dr Ruth Jepson
Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling
May 17, 2010

Barbara L. Paterson

Sally E. Thorne, PhD, RN, FCAHS

Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is a Professor and former Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, where she currently also holds the position of Associate Dean of Applied Science. She has a longstanding research program in the field of patient experience and relational practice in chronic illness and cancer care in addition to a body of scholarly work in the philosophy of science, the nature of evidence, and applied qualitative methodology. She is author of four books, including a popular qualitative research text on Interpretive Description. She has an extensive record of peer reviewed journal... More About Author

Connie Canam

ducational Background    BN, Dalhousie University    MSN, University of British Columbia    PhD, University of VictoriaService    Member, Interprofessional Education Curriculum Committee    Faculty Affilliate, Human Early Learning Partnership    Board Member, BC Council For Families More About Author

Carol Jillings

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