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Challenges in Systematic Reviews of Qualitative Research

Published In: SRA: Research Matters, Sep. 2014, p. 8

Posted on rand.org Sep 1, 2014

by Gerardo Melendez-Torres, Sean Grant

Systematic reviews of qualitative research are useful, but pose challenges for researchers. Many debates over their value arise from the tension between the positivistic, aggregative approach of systematic reviews of intervention effectiveness and the interpretive nature of most qualitative research.

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