A Comparison of methods for the Systematic Review of Qualitative Research : Two Examples Using Meta-Ethnography and Meta-Study
Thesis or dissertation
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis have been a central pillar of evidence-based practice and policy making in healthcare over recent years. Traditionally, this has focused on effectiveness evidence from trials. There is increasing understanding, however, that other study designs also provide essential information and this has led to interest in developing ways to review and synthesis such evidence. Qualitative research has unique potential to illuminate the patient experience.