Reporting Guidance

New publication explores how to do the tricky analysis and synthesis in a meta-ethnography

Meta-ethnography is a complex approach for pulling together the evidence from qualitative research studies with ambiguity and debate over just how to do it. Since the original book on meta-ethnography by Noblit and Hare, sociologists in education, was published in 1988, the approach has mainly been used and adapted for health-related research. However, there has been no in-depth look at the different ways that meta-ethnography has been carried out and applied until now.

This latest publication to come out of the eMERGe project is the first in-depth exploration of how to conduct the tricky analysis and synthesis stages in meta-ethnography. The new article significantly furthers our understanding of these methods and their application. Published yesterday in BMC Medical Research Methodology, it will be an important resource for researchers who want to draw together qualitative studies using meta-ethnography.  The free-to-access publication can be found here.