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Improving reporting of meta-ethnography: The eMERGe reporting guidance

France, Emma F.; Cunningham, Maggie; Ring, Nicola; Uny, Isabelle; Duncan, Edward AS; Jepson, Ruth G; Maxwell, Margaret; Roberts, Rachel J.; Turley, Ruth L.; Booth, Andrew; Britten, Nicky; Flemming, Kate; Gallagher, Ian; Garside, Ruth; Hannes, Karin; Lewin, Simon; Noblit, George W.; Pope, Catherine; Thomas, James; Vanstone, Meredith; Higginbottom, Gina M. A.; Noyes, Jane

Authors

Emma F. France

Maggie Cunningham

Isabelle Uny

Edward AS Duncan

Ruth G Jepson

Margaret Maxwell

Rachel J. Roberts

Ruth L. Turley

Andrew Booth

Nicky Britten

Kate Flemming

Ian Gallagher

Ruth Garside

Karin Hannes

Simon Lewin

George W. Noblit

Catherine Pope

James Thomas

Meredith Vanstone

Gina M. A. Higginbottom

Jane Noyes



Abstract

Background
Evidence-based policy and practice require robust evidence syntheses which can further understanding of people’s experiences and associated social processes. Meta-ethnography is a rigorous seven-phase qualitative evidence synthesis methodology, developed by Noblit and Hare. Meta-ethnography is used widely in health research but reporting is often poor quality, and this discourages trust in, and use of its findings. Meta-ethnography reporting guidance is
needed to improve reporting quality.
Design The eMERGe study used a rigorous mixed-methods design and evidence-based methods to develop the novel reporting guidance and explanatory notes.
Methods
The study, conducted from 2015-2017, comprised of: (1) a methodological systematic review of guidance for meta-ethnography conduct and reporting; (2) a review and audit of published
meta-ethnographies to identify good practice principles; (3) international, multi-disciplinary consensus-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 meta-ethnography conduct and reporting were newly identified leading to nineteen 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 meta-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 meta-ethnography outputs to improve practice, policy and service user outcomes in health
and other fields. This is the first tailored reporting guideline for meta-ethnography.

Citation

France, E. F., Cunningham, M., Ring, N., Uny, I., Duncan, E. A., Jepson, R. G., …Noyes, J. (2019). Improving reporting of meta-ethnography: The eMERGe reporting guidance. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(5), 1126-1139. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13809

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 15, 2019
Publication Date 2019-05
Deposit Date Sep 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 16, 2020
Journal Journal of Advanced Nursing
Print ISSN 0309-2402
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Issue 5
Pages 1126-1139
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13809
Keywords Guideline, meta?ethnography, nursing, publication standards, qualitative evidence synthesis, qualitative research, reporting, research design,
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1294102

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