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Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research

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Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research

SKU# 9780826156945

Author: Margarete Sandelowski PhD, RN, FAAN, Julie Barroso PhD, ANP, APRN


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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 practice
    • Locate the qualitative research synthesis enterprise in reading and writing practices
    • Differentiate qualitative research synthesis from other forms of inquiry
    • Formulate significant research problems and purposes for a qualitative research synthesis study
    • Design credible qualitative research synthesis studies that fit available resources
    • Conduct comprehensive searches for primary qualitative research reports in a target domain of inquiry
    • Conduct judicious appraisals of these qualitative research reports
    • Compare and classify findings across qualitative research reports
    • Select methodological approaches appropriate to the content and form of the qualitative research findings
    • Use qualitative metasummary and metasynthesis techniques to integrate qualitative research findings
    • Optimize the validity of qualitative research synthesis studies
    • Present the results of qualitative research synthesis studies in effective, audience-appropriate ways

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 24, 2006
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826156945
  • EISBN 9780826156952

Table of Contents 

    Introduction: Attitudes, Assumptions, and Caveats
  1. The Urge to Synthesize
  2. Conceiving the Qualitative Research Synthesis Study
  3. Searching For and Retrieving Qualitative Research Reports
  4. Appraising Reports of Qualitative Studies
  5. Classifying the Findings in Qualitative Research Reports
  6. Synthesizing Qualitative Research Findings: Qualitative Metasummary
  7. Synthesizing Qualitative Research Findings: Qualitative Metasynthesis
  8. Optimizing the Validity of Qualitative Research Synthesis Studies
  9. Presenting Syntheses of Qualitative Research Findings
  10. Appendix: Reports in the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project

  11. Index