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From Screening to Synthesis: Using NVivo to Enhance Transparency in Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

Houghton, C., Murphy, K., Meehan, B., Thomas, J., Brooker, Dawn and Casey, D. (2017) From Screening to Synthesis: Using NVivo to Enhance Transparency in Qualitative Evidence Synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26. pp. 873-881. ISSN 0962-1067 Online:1365-2702

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Aims and objectives The aim of this qualitative evidence synthesis was to explore the experiences and perceptions of health care staff caring for people with dementia in the acute setting. This paper focuses on the methodological process of conducting framework synthesis using NVivo for each stage of the review: screening, data extraction, synthesis and critical appraisal. Background Qualitative evidence synthesis brings together many research findings in a meaningful way that can be used to guide practice and policy development. For this purpose, synthesis must be conducted in a comprehensive and rigorous way. There has been previous discussion on how using NVivo can assist in enhancing and illustrate the rigorous processes involved. Design Qualitative Framework Synthesis. Methods Twelve documents, or research reports, based on nine studies, were included for synthesis. Conclusion The benefits of using NVivo are outlined in terms of facilitating teams of researchers to systematically and rigorously synthesise findings. NVivo functions were used to conduct a sensitivity analysis. Some valuable lessons were learned and these are presented to assist and guide researchers who wish to use similar methods in future.

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This article has been accepted for publication and undergone full scientific peer review but has not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. Please cite this article as an ‘Accepted Article’, doi: 10.1111/jocn.13443
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Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, framework synthesis, NVivo, qualitative evidence synthesis, sensitivity analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open Access journal article
Depositing User: Zuleika Sankey
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 01:00

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