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

Laying the Groundwork for Meta-Study

Laying the Groundwork for Meta-Study

Beginning a meta-study project is similar to beginning any major research endeavor in that it typically entails weeks, if not months, of preparatory work. The initial steps include establishing the research team and determining (and agreeing on!) the purpose of the meta- study. The research question that will ...

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