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Desperately seeking dissonance: identifying the disconfirming case in qualitative evidence synthesis.
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PMID:  23166156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Actively seeking the disconfirming or deviant case is properly regarded as a hallmark of trustworthiness in primary qualitative research. The need to subject emergent theory to such testing is no less important within qualitative systematic reviews. There is, as yet, little available guidance on how to implement such strategies. Few researchers have described the practicalities of seeking the disconfirming case. We survey the methodological literature to gain a better understanding of how systematic reviews of qualitative research handle the disconfirming case. We reflect on our own experience from three recent qualitative evidence syntheses. We describe how reviewers might actively manufacture opportunities to identify discrepant or refutational findings. We conclude by outlining possible methods by which a team might integrate active seeking of a disconfirming case within the overall review process.
Andrew Booth; Christopher Carroll; Irene Ilott; Lee Lan Low; Katy Cooper
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Qualitative health research     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1049-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Qual Health Res     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202144     Medline TA:  Qual Health Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-41     Citation Subset:  T    
1University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
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