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Critically appraising qualitative research for systematic reviews: defusing the methodological cluster bombs.

Attree, Pamela M. and Milton, Beth (2006) Critically appraising qualitative research for systematic reviews: defusing the methodological cluster bombs. Evidence and Policy : A Journal of Research Debate and Practice, 2 (1). pp. 109-126. ISSN 1744-2648

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Abstract

This article examines the place of qualitative research within systematic reviews as evidence for policy, discusses the critical appraisal process as applied to qualitative research, and gives illustrative examples of sound qualitative studies from the health policy field. A checklist is a useful tool for the quality evaluation of qualitative research, facilitating comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of different studies, and should stimulate debate between reviewers as part of the broader critical appraisal process. Critical appraisal must be central to research syntheses, thus enabling reviewers to make only good-quality qualitative evidence accessible for policy makers and practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Evidence and Policy : A Journal of Research Debate and Practice
Additional Information: This is an output from the authors' NHS-funded postdoctoral research fellowships. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW ; QUALITATIVE ; CRITICAL APPRAISAL ; QUALITY CRITERIA
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 3296
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008 15:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 14:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3296

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