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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book presents guidelines for synthesizing qualitative research, providing criteria for appraising reports of primary qualitative research studies.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for integrating the findings of primary qualitative studies. This is a worthwhile goal, considering the growing importance of qualitative research. The authors recommend that this book not be used as a prescriptive set of rules to be followed, but as a stimulus for thinking and creativity.
Audience: The target audience is graduate nursing students and faculty as well as students and faculty in other healthcare and practice disciplines. The authors are well published in the area of qualitative research and are known internationally.
Features: This book provides procedures for preparing metasummaries and metasyntheses of qualitative research. It begins by introducing the concept of qualitative research synthesis. Steps for the retrieving qualitative studies are described and criteria for appraising the studies are provided. The preparation of qualitative metasummaries and metasyntheses are described. Numerous tables, figures, and boxed provide examples of the application of the content. A web site is available for further illustrations of the process of qualitative synthesis.
Assessment: This is a very worthwhile book for those learning how to synthesize qualitative research. It is a must for graduate programs focusing on qualitative research.