Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byMichael Saini, Aron Shlonsky

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Qualitative synthesis within the family of systematic reviews meets an urgent need to use knowledge derived from qualitative studies to inform practice, research, and policy. Despite the contingent nature of evidence gleaned from synthesis of qualitative studies, systematic synthesis is animportant technique and, used judiciously, can deepen understanding of the contextual dimensions that emerge from qualitative research. This pocket guide presents an overview for planning, developing, and implementing qualitative synthesis within existing protocols and guidelines for conductingsystematic reviews. The authors also explore methodological challenges, including: the philosophical tensions of integrating qualitative synthesis within the family of systematic reviews; the balance of comprehensive and iterative information retrieval strategies to locate and screen qualitative research; the use ofappraisal tools to assess quality of qualitative studies; the various approaches to synthesize qualitative studies, including interpretive, integrated, and aggregative; and the tensions between the generalizability and transferability of findings that emerge from qualitative synthesis.Social work researchers, educators, and doctoral students who are interested in systematic reviews will find the step-by-step format of this book invaluable for conducting their reviews, both in the form of rapid evidence assessments and in high-quality critical reviews.

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Qualitative synthesis within the family of systematic reviews meets an urgent need to use knowledge derived from qualitative studies to inform practice, research, and policy. Despite the contingent nature of evidence gleaned from synthesis of qualitative studies, systematic synthesis is animportant technique and, used judiciously, can ...

Michael Saini, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Aron Shlonsky, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195387216

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PrefacePart I. The Integration of Qualitative Research within Evidence-Based Practice1. Evolution of Qualitative Synthesis within Systematic Reviews2. Methods to Aggregating, Integrating, and Interpreting Qualitative Research3. Mixed Method Designs for Including Qualitative Research4. Clarifying Methodological Issues: A Way ForwardPart II. Systematic Approach for Qualitative Synthesis5. A Systematic Approach for Conducting Qualitative Synthesis6. Searching and Screening Qualitative Studies7. Appraising the Evidence of Qualitative StudiesPart III. Qualitative Synthesis as Evidence for Social Work Practice and Policy8. Reporting Systematic Qualitative Synthesis9. Future Directions for Social Work Practice and PolicyAppendix A. Systematic Information Retrieval Coding SheetAppendix B. Critical Appraisal ToolGlossaryReferencesIndex