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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, D; Casey, D; (2017) From screening to synthesis: using nvivo to enhance transparency in qualitative evidence synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing , 26 (5-6) pp. 873-881. 10.1111/jocn.13443. Green open access

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Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences and perceptions of healthcare staff caring for people with dementia in the acute setting. This article 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. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Ultimately, good qualitative evidence synthesis will provide practitioners and policymakers with significant information that will guide decision-making on many aspects of clinical practice. The example provided explored how people with dementia are cared for acute settings.

Type: Article
Title: From screening to synthesis: using nvivo to enhance transparency in qualitative evidence synthesis
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13443
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13443
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Clinical Nursing Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Keywords: nvivo, dementia, framework synthesis, qualitative evidence synthesis, sensitivity analysis, Data Collection, Dementia, Humans, Nursing Research, Qualitative Research, Research Design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039909
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