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Asking more of qualitative synthesis: a response to Sally Thorne

Asking more of qualitative synthesis: a response to Sally Thorne
Asking more of qualitative synthesis: a response to Sally Thorne
We continue the conversation initiated by Sally Thorne’s observations about “metasynthetic madness.” We note that the variety of labels used to describe qualitative syntheses often reflect authors’ disciplines and geographical locations. The purpose of systematic literature searching is to redress authors’ lack of citation of relevant earlier work and to reassure policy makers that qualitative syntheses are systematic and transparent. There is clearly a need to develop other methods of searching to supplement electronic searches. If searches produce large numbers of articles, sampling strategies may be needed to choose which articles to synthesize. The quality of any synthesis is dependent on the quality of the primary articles; both primary research and qualitative synthesis need to move beyond description and toward theory and explanation. Synthesizers need to pay attention to those articles which do not seem to fit their emerging analysis if they are to avoid stifling new ideas.
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Britten, Nicky
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Britten, Nicky, Garside, Ruth, Pope, Catherine, Frost, Julia and Cooper, Chris (2017) Asking more of qualitative synthesis: a response to Sally Thorne. Qualitative Health Research, 27 (9), 1370-1376. (doi:10.1177/1049732317709010).

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We continue the conversation initiated by Sally Thorne’s observations about “metasynthetic madness.” We note that the variety of labels used to describe qualitative syntheses often reflect authors’ disciplines and geographical locations. The purpose of systematic literature searching is to redress authors’ lack of citation of relevant earlier work and to reassure policy makers that qualitative syntheses are systematic and transparent. There is clearly a need to develop other methods of searching to supplement electronic searches. If searches produce large numbers of articles, sampling strategies may be needed to choose which articles to synthesize. The quality of any synthesis is dependent on the quality of the primary articles; both primary research and qualitative synthesis need to move beyond description and toward theory and explanation. Synthesizers need to pay attention to those articles which do not seem to fit their emerging analysis if they are to avoid stifling new ideas.

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Submitted date: 28 March 2017
Accepted/In Press date: 29 March 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 May 2017
Published date: 1 July 2017
Organisations: Researcher Development

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Local EPrints ID: 411358
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411358
ISSN: 1049-7323
PURE UUID: 7cc5c417-324b-423a-be37-1e951b347673
ORCID for Catherine Pope: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8935-6702

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Date deposited: 19 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 00:57

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