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Written for graduate-level students and faculty in health care science disciplines, this handbook will help you integrate the findings in reports of primary qualitative studies as well as extrapolate the methods and techniques used to create a qualitative research synthesis.
Using reports of studies in two domains of research and across behavior, social science, and practice disciplines, this handbook will help you:
Locate qualitative research synthesis in qualitative research, research synthesis, research utilization, and evidence-based practiceLocate the qualitative research synthesis enterprise in reading and writing practicesDifferentiate qualitative research synthesis from other forms of inquiryFormulate significant research problems and purposes for a qualitative research synthesis studyDesign credible qualitative research synthesis studies that fit available resourcesConduct comprehensive searches for primary qualitative research reports in a target domain of inquiryConduct judicious appraisals of these qualitative research reportsCompare and classify findings across qualitative research reportsSelect methodological approaches appropriate to the content and form of the qualitative research findingsUse qualitative metasummary and metasynthesis techniques to integrate qualitative research findingsOptimize the validity of qualitative research synthesis studiesPresent the results of qualitative research synthesis studies in effective, audience-appropriate ways
Introduction: Attitudes, Assumptions, and Caveats
The Urge to SynthesizeConceiving the Qualitative Research Synthesis StudySearching For and Retrieving Qualitative Research ReportsAppraising Reports of Qualitative StudiesClassifying the Findings in Qualitative Research ReportsSynthesizing Qualitative Research Findings: Qualitative MetasummarySynthesizing Qualitative Research Findings: Qualitative MetasynthesisOptimizing the Validity of Qualitative Research Synthesis StudiesPresenting Syntheses of Qualitative Research FindingsAppendix: Reports in the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project
Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Nursing and principal investigator of the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project on which this book is based. She is also director of the Annual Summer Institute in Qualitative Research held at UNC-CH School of Nursing. Dr. Sandelowski is one of three associate editors of Research in Nursing and Health, and a member of the editorial boards of Advances in Nursing Science, Field Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Nursing Inquiry, and Qualitative Health Research. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in qualitative methods. She has more than 120 publications in both nursing and social science journals and books, with over 35 refereed papers on qualitative methods alone. The ethnographic work, With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility (1993), was awarded a national book prize by the American Anthropological Association. Devices and Desires: Gender, Technology, and American Nursing (2000), a social history of technology in nursing, has been favorably reviewed in both nursing and medical history journals. Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, APRN, BC, is Associate Professor and Director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke University School of Nursing, and co-principal investigator of the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project. She is also a senior research fellow with the Health Inequalities Program (part of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University) and served as chair of the Research Committee, part of the National Leadership Council for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Her practice, research, and teaching have focused on people with HIV infection. Dr. Barroso has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in this area, including a metasynthesis of studies with HIV-positive men, study of physiological and psychological correlates of fatigue, a psychometric study of the HIV-Related Fatigue Scale, and a secondary analysis of a 12-year longitudinal data set to examine the relationship between fatigue and depression in HIV-positive gay men. She is currently principal investigator of a National Institute of Nursing Research longitudinal study of physiological, psychosocial, and personal factors in the development of HIV-related fatigue. Dr. Barroso maintains a practice at the Duke University AIDS Research and Treatment Center.