A meta-synthesis brings together qualitative data to form a new interpretation of the research field. It helps to generate new theories or an explanatory theory of why the intervention works or not. It creates a hypothesis for future testing or comparison with trial outcomes.
Source: M. Petticrew et al (2013) and Li T. et al (2001)
Meta-synthesis, Meta-ethnography, Qualitative Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Meta-Synthesis, Meta narrative review (related)
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