Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: lessons learnt.

Abstract

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.

The authors utilized the seven stages of the synthesis process to synthesise qualitative research on adherence to tuberculosis treatment. In this paper the methodological and practical challenges faced are discussed; of particular note are the methods used in our synthesis, the additional steps that were found useful in clarifying the process, and the key methodological challenges encountered in implementing the meta-ethnographic approach.

Citation

BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2008, 8, 21, [doi:10.1186/1471-2288-8-21]

Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: lessons learnt.

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