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Psychother Res. 2009 Jul;19(4-5):591-600. doi: 10.1080/10503300802477989.

Meta-analysis of qualitative studies: a tool for reviewing qualitative research findings in psychotherapy.

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  • 1School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


This article focuses on the presentation of qualitative meta-analysis as a method for reviewing qualitative studies. Qualitative meta-analysis is an attempt to conduct a rigorous secondary qualitative analysis of primary qualitative findings. Its purpose*to provide a more comprehensive description of a phenomenon and an assessment of the influence of the method of investigation on findings*is discussed. The distinctive features of conducting meta-analysis approaches are presented. Several considerations important for conducting qualitative meta-analysis are also discussed. The author uses examples of the first experiences attempted with qualitative meta-analysis in the field of psychotherapy research.

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