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Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research
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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


July 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

 
Introduction
 
Laying the Groundwork for Meta-Study
 
The Retrieval and Assessment of Primary Research
 
Meta-Data-Analysis
 
Meta-Method
 
Meta-Theory
 
Meta-Synthesis
 
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
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