Using Qualitative Metasummary to Synthesize Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptive Findings

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Abstract

The new imperative in the health disciplines to be more methodo-logically inclusive has generated a growing interest in mixed research synthesis, or the integration of qualitative and quantitative research findings. Qualitative metasummary is a quantitatively oriented aggregation of qualitative findings originally developed to accommodate the distinctive features of qualitative surveys. Yet these findings are similar in form and mode of production to the descriptive findings researchers often present in addition to the results of bivariate and multivariable analyses. Qualitative metasummary, which includes the extraction, grouping, and formatting of findings, and the calculation of frequency and intensity effect sizes, can be used to produce mixed research syntheses and to conduct a posteriori analyses of the relationship between reports and findings. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30:99-111, 2007

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