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


Each of the three analytic steps of meta-study—meta-data-analysis, meta-method, and meta-theory—provides a unique angle of vision from which to deconstruct and interpret a body of qualitatively derived knowledge about a particular phenomenon. Because the larger intent of the meta-study is not ...

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