Protocol-developing meta-ethnography reporting guidelines (eMERGe)

France, E.F. and Ring, N. and Noyes, J. and Maxwell, M. and Jepson, R. and Duncan, E. and Turley, R. and Jones, D. and Uny, I. (2015) Protocol-developing meta-ethnography reporting guidelines (eMERGe). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 15 (103). DOI: 10.1186/s12874-015-0068-0

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Designing and implementing high-quality health care services and interventions requires robustly synthesised evidence. Syntheses of qualitative research studies can provide evidence of patients� experiences of health conditions; intervention feasibility, appropriateness and acceptability to patients; and advance understanding of health care issues. The unique, interpretive, theory-based meta-ethnography synthesis approach is suited to conveying patients� views and developing theory to inform service design and delivery. However, meta-ethnography reporting is often poor quality, which discourages trust in, and use of, meta-ethnography findings. Users of evidence syntheses require reports that clearly articulate analytical processes and findings. Tailored research reporting guidelines can raise reporting standards but none exists for meta-ethnography. This study aims to create an evidence-based meta-ethnography reporting guideline articulating the methodological standards and depth of reporting required to improve reporting quality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 02:22
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 03:19
ISSN: 1471-2288
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5339
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1186/s12874-015-0068-0
Publisher: Springer
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