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Using meta-synthesis to support application of qualitative methods findings in practice: a discussion of meta-ethnography, narrative synthesis, and critical interpretive synthesis

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posted on 2016-11-01, 00:00 authored by Jane Edwards, G Kaimal
Meta-synthesis refers to a range of approaches by which existing qualitative studies in healthcare can be
reviewed and compared. There is increasing use of meta-synthesis to ensure the clinical applicability of
findings from qualitative studies, in healthcare generally, and in the creative arts therapies specifically.
Qualitative method research can sometimes lack immediate clinical relevance, as such studies usually
focus on the experiences of a small number of participants. Additionally, the results are often presented in
great detail; finely elaborated, and described conceptually. Findings reported in this way can be engaging,
and even emotionally compelling, however the utility of these outcomes for clinical practice can be
limited. Meta-synthesis of multiple studies aims to ensure that findings from qualitative methods studies
can be more easily, and effectively, applied in health and social care programs. Three approaches to metasynthesis
are briefly presented here; meta-ethnography, narrative synthesis, and critical interpretive
synthesis. A procedure for presentation of meta-synthesis reviews is provided.

History

Journal

Arts in psychotherapy

Volume

51

Pagination

30 - 35

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0197-4556

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Elsevier