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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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Future Directions for Social Work Practice and Policy

Future Directions for Social Work Practice and Policy

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(p.157) 9 Future Directions for Social Work Practice and Policy
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Systematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research
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Michael Saini

Aron Shlonsky

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387216.003.0009

This chapter discusses using qualitative evidence to create actionable knowledge and the application of the products of qualitative syntheses in practice. We also provide suggestions for a more seamless integration of qualitative reviews within both the evidence-based practice movement and other systematic review methods. The contribution of social work to the development and refinement of systematic reviews of qualitative research is invaluable given social work’s focus on both the effectiveness of its interventions and the lived experiences of the people we serve. In a very real sense, social workers are uniquely positioned to advance the evidence needed for effective services while advocating for client participation in knowledge creation activities that affect them.

Keywords:   social work, evidence-based practice, implementation, practice integration, knowledge translation and exchange

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