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Qualitative Systematic Reviews: Contextualizing a Study and Sensitizing Researchers in Important Issues Regarding the Research Question

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By: Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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The purpose of this case is to bring some tips to conduct a qualitative systematic review and present its results in a manuscript for publication. Bibliographic research is carried out to contextualize studies and to sensitize researchers in important issues highlighted by the literature regarding a topic of concern. Contextualization is the essence of any research. It is the starting point on the basis in which the study will be pertinent and contribute to the existing knowledge. It raises awareness among researchers between the aspects of a particular topic that have already drawn the attention on the literature. Systematic reviews are a way to conduct a bibliographic research that implies the use of electronic database and a search strategy to find out information about a particular issue. They constitute a research itself. In particular, qualitative systematic reviews are useful to explore a subjective topic (perceptions, opinions, expectations, and conceptualizations) with the aim of fully understanding it in its diversity. This allows researchers to select papers that bring qualitative information about a particular issue. The selected studies are subsequently analyzed in the light of appropriate methodology. To publish a qualitative systematic review, the research process and results should be appropriately presented in a manuscript. This should include a flow diagram of the search strategy, a summary of selected articles, and a table of their quality appraisal. A qualitative systematic review manuscript should also address the use of triangulation techniques and the analysis process.

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