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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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Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

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Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

Michael Saini

Aron Shlonsky

Oxford University Press

The inclusion of qualitative synthesis within the “family of systematic reviews” helps to move qualitative synthesis out of the shadow of quantitative synthesis; provides impetus to the creation of methods that are transparent, consistent, and rigorous regardless of the systematic review method; and helps to distinguish qualitative synthesis from other types of narrative reviews. In this chapter, we present an outline of a working approach for conducting a systematic process for collecting, screening, and classifying sources based on whether studies are considered quantitative or qualitative by design. To illustrate the applicability of our approach, we first introduce a systematic review on family group decision making within a child-protection context. The 11-step approach for conducting systematic synthesis of qualitative research is then highlighted in the remainder of this chapter and explored more fully in subsequent chapters. Lessons gleaned from the case study will be referred to throughout to illuminate various steps.

Keywords:   qualitative synthesis approach, process of synthesis, steps for synthesis, methodological challenges, systematic reviews

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