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Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research$
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Michael Saini and Aron Shlonsky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387216.001.0001

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Evolution of Qualitative Synthesis within Systematic Reviews

Evolution of Qualitative Synthesis within Systematic Reviews

(p.5) 1 Evolution of Qualitative Synthesis within Systematic Reviews
Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

Michael Saini

Aron Shlonsky

Oxford University Press

The introduction chapter of the book explores the evolution of qualitative research within the framework of evidence-based practice and its inclusion in the family of systematic reviews. This chapter briefly recounts the history of qualitative systematic reviews across disciplines and within systematic review enterprises, including the Cochrane and the Campbell collaborations. Although qualitative approaches have traditionally been excluded from systematic reviews, the tides are slowly turning. There is a growing interest devoted to improving the methods for including qualitative reviews within the family of systematic reviews. Numerous approaches are now available for conducting qualitative synthesis. Methods have been developed specifically for including qualitative primary studies, whereas other methods have been created to combine quantitative and qualitative studies.

Keywords:   qualitative synthesis, systematic reviews, evidence-based practice, qualitative research, qualitative methods, implementation science, social work

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