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      Integration of qualitative evidence: towards construction of academic knowledge in social science and professional fields

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      Qualitative Research

      SAGE Publications

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          Classifying the findings in qualitative studies.

          A key task in conducting research integration studies is determining what features to account for in the research reports eligible for inclusion. In the course of a methodological project, the authors found a remarkable uniformity in the way findings were produced and presented, no matter what the stated or implied frame of reference or method. They describe a typology of findings, which they developed to bypass the discrepancy between method claims and the actual use of methods, and efforts to ascertain its utility and reliability. The authors propose that the findings in journal reports of qualitative studies in the health domain can be classified on a continuum of data transformation as no finding, topical survey, thematic survey, conceptual/thematic description, or interpretive explanation.
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            Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research

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              Mothers' experiences of having a preterm infant in the neonatal care unit: a meta-synthesis.

              Neonatal nurses today are challenged not only to provide the best possible developmental care for a preterm infant but also to help the mother through an uncertain motherhood toward a feeling of being a real mother for her preterm baby. An increasing interest in mothers' experiences of having a preterm baby is seen. A meta-synthesis of 14 qualitative research studies on mothers' experiences of having a preterm baby in the neonatal intensive care unit, published from 2000 onward, was conducted. Noblit and Hare's methodological approach was used. The meta-synthesis revealed five metaphors that captured the mothers' experiences. These metaphors centered on reciprocal relationships that consisted of mother-baby relationship ("from their baby to my baby"), maternal development (a striving to be a real normal mother), the turbulent neonatal environment (from foreground to background), maternal caregiving and role reclaiming strategies (from silent vigilance to advocacy), and mother-nurse relationship (from continuously answering questions through chatting to sharing of knowledge). Implications of the meta-synthesis for neonatal nursing are addressed.
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                Journal
                Qualitative Research
                Qualitative Research
                SAGE Publications
                1468-7941
                1741-3109
                December 02 2011
                December 2011
                December 02 2011
                December 2011
                : 11
                : 6
                : 645-663
                Affiliations
                [1 ]The University of Alabama, USA
                [2 ]Coventry University, UK
                Article
                10.1177/1468794111413367
                © 2011

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