Qualitative synthesis and systematic review in health professions education

Margaret Lynn Bearman, Phillip Dawson

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We explore three representative qualitative synthesis methodologies: thematic analysis; meta-ethnography, and realist synthesis. These can be understood across two dimensions: integrative to interpretative, and idealist to realist. Three examples are used to illustrate the relative strengths and limitations of these approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252 - 260
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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