Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt

 

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dc.contributor.author Atkins, Salla en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lewin, Simon en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Smith, Helen en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Engel, Mark E en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Fretheim, Atle en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Volmink, Jimmy en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-12T11:00:29Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-12T11:00:29Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Atkins, S., Lewin, S., Smith, H., Engel, M., Fretheim, A., & Volmink, J. (2008). Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: lessons learnt. BMC medical research methodology, 8(1), 21. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri 10.1186/1471-2288-8-21 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14208
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:Qualitative synthesis has become more commonplace in recent years. Meta-ethnography is one of several methods for synthesising qualitative research and is being used increasingly within health care research. However, many aspects of the steps in the process remain ill-defined.DISCUSSION:We utilized the seven stages of the synthesis process to synthesise qualitative research on adherence to tuberculosis treatment. In this paper we discuss the methodological and practical challenges faced; of particular note are the methods used in our synthesis, the additional steps that we found useful in clarifying the process, and the key methodological challenges encountered in implementing the meta-ethnographic approach.The challenges included shaping an appropriate question for the synthesis; identifying relevant studies; assessing the quality of the studies; and synthesising findings across a very large number of primary studies from different contexts and research traditions. We offer suggestions that may assist in undertaking meta-ethnographies in the future.SUMMARY:Meta-ethnography is a useful method for synthesising qualitative research and for developing models that interpret findings across multiple studies. Despite its growing use in health research, further research is needed to address the wide range of methodological and epistemological questions raised by the approach. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
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dc.source BMC Medical Research Methodology en_ZA
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dc.subject.other Qualitative synthesis en_ZA
dc.subject.other Meta-ethnography en_ZA
dc.title Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Medicine en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Atkins, S., Lewin, S., Smith, H., Engel, M. E., Fretheim, A., & Volmink, J. (2008). Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt. <i>BMC Medical Research Methodology</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14208 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Atkins, Salla, Simon Lewin, Helen Smith, Mark E Engel, Atle Fretheim, and Jimmy Volmink "Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt." <i>BMC Medical Research Methodology</i> (2008) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14208 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Atkins S, Lewin S, Smith H, Engel ME, Fretheim A, Volmink J. Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2008; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14208. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Atkins, Salla AU - Lewin, Simon AU - Smith, Helen AU - Engel, Mark E AU - Fretheim, Atle AU - Volmink, Jimmy AB - BACKGROUND:Qualitative synthesis has become more commonplace in recent years. Meta-ethnography is one of several methods for synthesising qualitative research and is being used increasingly within health care research. However, many aspects of the steps in the process remain ill-defined.DISCUSSION:We utilized the seven stages of the synthesis process to synthesise qualitative research on adherence to tuberculosis treatment. In this paper we discuss the methodological and practical challenges faced; of particular note are the methods used in our synthesis, the additional steps that we found useful in clarifying the process, and the key methodological challenges encountered in implementing the meta-ethnographic approach.The challenges included shaping an appropriate question for the synthesis; identifying relevant studies; assessing the quality of the studies; and synthesising findings across a very large number of primary studies from different contexts and research traditions. We offer suggestions that may assist in undertaking meta-ethnographies in the future.SUMMARY:Meta-ethnography is a useful method for synthesising qualitative research and for developing models that interpret findings across multiple studies. Despite its growing use in health research, further research is needed to address the wide range of methodological and epistemological questions raised by the approach. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - BMC Medical Research Methodology LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt TI - Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: Lessons learnt UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14208 ER - en_ZA


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