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.
BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2008, 8, 21, [doi:10.1186/1471-2288-8-21]
Conducting a meta-ethnography of qualitative literature: lessons learnt.