Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Qualitative Overview

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2884


Narrative synthesis


A qualitative overview is research that concentrates on the investigation of definitions, concepts, and issues, often performed through interview unrestricted by structure, and reported in terms of words or descriptions. Key elements of the qualitative approach for assessing  effectivenessinclude consideration of the following characteristics: people who were part of the study intervention delivered, setting where the technology was applied, and other modifying factors such as personal skills, environmental factors that may influence compliance, nature of the outcome measures used, their relative importance and robustness, and their comparability. It should include the total number of research reports, studies, and independent samples that contributed to tests of comparison or relationships (descriptive statistics). Effect size estimates should be calculated if the studies contained the necessary data, but the effect sizes should not...

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