Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature : lessons learnt

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dc.contributor.author Atkins, Salla
dc.contributor.author Lewin, Simon
dc.contributor.author Smith, Helen
dc.contributor.author Engel, Mark
dc.contributor.author Fretheim, Atle
dc.contributor.author Volmink, Jimmy
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-14T12:55:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-14T12:55:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04
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.issn 1471-2288
dc.identifier.other http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-8-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/5112
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 en_ZA en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_ZA
dc.subject Meta-ethnography en_ZA
dc.subject Tuberculosis treatment en_ZA
dc.title Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature : lessons learnt en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2010-11-02T19:15:16Z
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
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dc.rights.holder Atkins et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en_ZA


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