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Sue Ziebland, Angela Coulter, Joseph D. Calabrese, and Louise Locock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665372.001.0001

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Systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research

Systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research

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(p.104) Chapter 11 Systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research
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Understanding and Using Health Experiences
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Ruth Garside

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665372.003.0011

This book chapter is about the systematic review of qualitative research as a methodologically robust approach to identifying, appraising and synthesising the findings of existing qualitative research reports about the patient experience. Systematic review of quantitative research evidence has been the cornerstone of evidence based medicine (EBM). While initial renderings of EBM sometimes advocated a restricted understanding of “evidence”, there has been increasing recognition from policy makers and practitioners that different kinds of evidence are required to understand different sorts of questions. In particular, understanding the patient perspective is crucial in order to understand aspects such as how and why some kinds of interventions are more successful than others and what patient preferences might be. The chapter considers the theory and practice of synthesising qualitative findings from across a number of localities, times and groups.

Keywords:   Systematic reviews, qualitative research, evidence based medicine, evidence synthesis, methodology

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