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Innovations in framework synthesis as a systematic review method.

Authors
  • Brunton, Ginny1, 2, 3
  • Oliver, Sandy2, 4
  • Thomas, James2
  • 1 OntarioTech University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Oshawa, ON, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 University College London Institute of Education, EPPI-Centre, London, UK.
  • 3 McMaster University, McMaster Midwifery Research Centre, Hamilton, ON, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 University of Johannesburg Faculty of Humanities, Africa Centre for Evidence, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Research synthesis methods
Publication Date
Feb 23, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/jrsm.1399
PMID: 32090479
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

Framework synthesis is one systematic review method employed to address health care practice and policy. Adapted from framework analysis methods, it has been used increasingly, using both qualitative and mixed-method systematic review methods. This article demonstrates a spectrum of approaches to framework synthesis that are dependent on the extent to which theory is tentative, emergent, refined, or established; and that stakeholder involvement may help to understand the topic's complexity where theory is more nascent. The choice of approach depends on the degree of match with existing theories and, in the absence of existing theory, the scale and heterogeneity of the literature to be managed. © 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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