Literature reviews are ideal for summarizing and understanding all the available data about a particular topic. Researchers must find and analyze all the current knowledge on a subject if they are to present a succinct review. A meta-synthesis consists of a literature review of qualitative studies only. The extracted data are then synthetized into a narrative where the current knowledge on a topic can then be evaluated. Research of a qualitative nature is useful for obtaining the thoughts and feelings of a particular population and can provide crucial insights into their ontological perspectives. A meta-synthesis process can be a viable approach to deepening our understanding of a distinct body of qualitative research. This case study will provide an overview into how a review of qualitative studies was conducted on a particular health care issue and will explain the process undertaken by the researchers. The study will explain how the search strategy was conceived, how the data were synthesized, and the value a meta-synthesis can add to the body of existing literature.
Worsley, Aaron James
Department of NursingDirectorate of Learning Resources
Year of publication: 2020Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-02-16
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