Deborah Finfgeld-Connett, A Guide to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis

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Bakla A.

Qualitative Research, vol.20, no.1, pp.119-121, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Book Review
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1468794119844718
  • Title of Journal : Qualitative Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-121


A Guide to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis is a brief guide discussing the nuts and bolts of qualitative theory-generating meta-synthesis by following a series of steps that are relevant to combining the results of multiple primary qualitative studies. It could function as a useful introduction to this relatively new topic, which shows great promise in those fields that frequently employ qualitative methods in their studies. As the author notes, there is need for synthesizing the results of multiple qualitative studies to enable researchers to generalize the findings of qualitative research without sacrificing context-rich information (p. 1). This book could be a useful guide for anyone who wants to get initial understanding of qualitative synthesis. However, as the author recommends, at least a basic knowledge of qualitative research is essential to be able to make sense of what is presented here. The book provides straightforward answers to a set of questions that could potentially confuse beginners in qualitative synthesis. These questions include but are not limited to the inclusion of peer-reviewed versus non-peer-reviewed research, IRB permissions, mixed-methods research and so forth.