Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research

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Springer Publishing Company, 2006年7月24日 - 312 頁

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Written for graduate-level students and faculty in health care science disciplines, this handbook will help you integrate the findings in reports of primary qualitative studies as well as extrapolate the methods and techniques used to create a qualitative research synthesis.

Using reports of studies in two domains of research and across behavior, social science, and practice disciplines, this handbook will help you:

    • Locate qualitative research synthesis in qualitative research, research synthesis, research utilization, and evidence-based practice
    • Locate the qualitative research synthesis enterprise in reading and writing practices
    • Differentiate qualitative research synthesis from other forms of inquiry
    • Formulate significant research problems and purposes for a qualitative research synthesis study
    • Design credible qualitative research synthesis studies that fit available resources
    • Conduct comprehensive searches for primary qualitative research reports in a target domain of inquiry
    • Conduct judicious appraisals of these qualitative research reports
    • Compare and classify findings across qualitative research reports
    • Select methodological approaches appropriate to the content and form of the qualitative research findings
    • Use qualitative metasummary and metasynthesis techniques to integrate qualitative research findings
    • Optimize the validity of qualitative research synthesis studies
    • Present the results of qualitative research synthesis studies in effective, audience-appropriate ways

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關於作者 (2006)

Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Nursing and principal investigator of the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project on which this book is based. She is also director of the Annual Summer Institute in Qualitative Research held at UNC-CH School of Nursing. Dr. Sandelowski is one of three associate editors of Research in Nursing & Health, and a member of the editorial boards of Advances in Nursing Science, Field Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Nursing Inquiry, and Qualitative Health Research. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in qualitative methods. She has more than 120 publications in both nursing and social science journals and books, with over 35 refereed papers on qualitative methods alone. The ethnographic work, With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility (1993), was awarded a national book prize by the American Anthropological Association. Devices and Desires: Gender, Technology, and American Nursing (2000), a social history of technology in nursing, has been favorably reviewed in both nursing and medical history journals.

Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, APRN, BC, is Associate Professor & Director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke University School of Nursing, and co-principal investigator of the Qualitative Metasynthesis Project. She is also a senior research fellow with the Health Inequalities Program (part of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University) and served as chair of the Research Committee, part of the National Leadership Council for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Her practice, research, and teaching have focused on people with HIV infection. Dr. Barroso has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in this area, including a metasynthesis of studies with HIV-positive men, study of physiological and psychological correlates of fatigue, a psychometric study of the HIV-Related Fatigue Scale, and a secondary analysis of a 12-year longitudinal data set to examine the relationship between fatigue and depression in HIV-positive gay men. She is currently principal investigator of a National Institute of Nursing Research longitudinal study of physiological, psychosocial, and personal factors in the development of HIV-related fatigue. Dr. Barroso maintains a practice at the Duke University AIDS Research and Treatment Center.

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