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Using Meta-Ethnography to Synthesize Relevant Studies: Capturing the Bigger Picture in Dementia With Challenging Behavior Within Families

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By: Alexandra Feast, Martin Orrell, Georgina Charlesworth, Fiona Poland, Katie Featherstone, Nina Melunsky & Esme Moniz-Cook Published: 2018 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Abstract

In understanding the range and depth of people’s experiences, it is important to include the wide range of approaches which capture the richness within a given knowledge base. However, systematic reviews using quantitative data alone risk missing findings that can contribute to a better understanding of a research question. In response, meta-ethnography has emerged as a potentially useful method to synthesize and integrate both qualitative and quantitative data from different perspectives using qualitative methodology. In this case study, we describe how we have used meta-ethnography to better understand how families experience dementia. We address a particular issue of selecting the highest quality evidence across a range of epistemologies.

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