Meta-study is an exciting new opportunity for the analysis and synthesis of qualitative research findings. Over the last two decades, a wide range of methods and approaches originating from the social and health sciences have provided a wealth of new knowledge sources from which to develop theory. This book provides step-by-step directions for how to conduct a meta-study, as well as recommendations for tools and standards for the application of this approach. Meta-study entails an exhaustive analysis of the theory, method, and findings of research in a substantive area. These analytic processes form the foundation upon which a credible synthesis of new knowledge can be explored. Meta-study permits investigators to: { look beyond individual findings. { critically interpret variations and contradictions in the body of available research. { move toward the potential for knowledge synthesis. The authors of this timely volume: { differentiate between meta-analysis and meta-synthesis. { write in a how-to style. { illustrate each step with examples from their own meta-study projects in the substantive field of chronic illness. { use their own experience with performing a meta-study to explain the process, including past mistakes and retrospective insight


Meta-study is a research approach involving analysis of the theory, methods, and findings of qualitative research and the synthesis of these insights into new ways of thinking about phenomena. Its origins derive from the social sciences, where an earlier generation of ...

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