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Improving reporting of meta�ethnography: The eMERGe reporting guidance

France, E. F. et al.

JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING VOL 75; NUMBER 5, ; 2019, 1126-1139 -- Wiley- Blackwell

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  • Title:
    Improving reporting of meta�ethnography: The eMERGe reporting guidance
  • Author: France, E. F.;
    Cunningham, M.;
    Ring, N.;
    Uny, I.;
    Duncan, E. A. S.;
    Jepson, R. G.;
    Maxwell, M.;
    Roberts, R. J.;
    Turley, R. L.;
    Booth, A.
  • Found In: JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING VOL 75; NUMBER 5, ; 2019, 1126-1139
  • Subjects: Medicine; Biotechnology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Dewey: 610.73
  • Publication Details: Wiley- Blackwell
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: Aims The aim of this study was to provide guidance to improve the completeness and clarity of metaâ€?ethnography reporting. Background Evidenceâ€?based policy and practice require robust evidence syntheses which can further understanding of people's experiences and associated social processes. Metaâ€?ethnography is a rigorous sevenâ€?phase qualitative evidence synthesis methodology, developed by Noblit and Hare. Metaâ€?ethnography is used widely in health research, but reporting is often poor quality and this discourages trust in and use of its findings. Metaâ€?ethnography reporting guidance is needed to improve reporting quality. Design The eMERGe study used a rigorous mixedâ€?methods design and evidenceâ€?based methods to develop the novel reporting guidance and explanatory notes. Methods The study, conducted from 2015 â€? 2017, comprised of: (1) a methodological systematic review of guidance for metaâ€?ethnography conduct and reporting; (2) a review and audit of published metaâ€?ethnographies to identify good practice principles; (3) international, multidisciplinary consensusâ€?building processes to agree guidance content; (4) innovative development of the guidance and explanatory notes. Findings Recommendations and good practice for all seven phases of metaâ€?ethnography conduct and reporting were newly identified leading to 19 reporting criteria and accompanying detailed guidance. Conclusion The bespoke eMERGe Reporting Guidance, which incorporates new methodological developments and advances the methodology, can help researchers to report the important aspects of metaâ€?ethnography. Use of the guidance should raise reporting quality. Better reporting could make assessments of confidence in the findings more robust and increase use of metaâ€?ethnography outputs to improve practice, policy, and service user outcomes in health and other fields. This is the first tailored reporting guideline for metaâ€?ethnography. This article is being simultaneously published in the following journals: Journal of Advanced Nursing, Psychoâ€?oncology, Review of Education, and BMC Medical Research Methodology.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCRN391850742; Journal ISSN: 0309-2402
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Physical
  • Shelfmark(s): 4918.947000
  • UIN: ETOCRN391850742

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