Synthesis | Qualitative Research | Paradigm
the thematic synthesis of qualitative research in systematic reviews.
Scoping reviews 'aim to map rapidly the key concepts underpinning a research area and the main sources and types of evidence available'.(80) CIHR defines scoping reviews as 'exploratory projects that systematically map the literature available on a topic, identifying key concepts, theories, sources of evidence and gaps in the research' and notes 'They are often preliminary to full syntheses, undertaken when feasibility is a concern - either because the potentially relevant literature is thought to be especially vast and diverse (varying by method, theoretical orientation or discipline) or there is a suspicion that not enough literature exists.'(81)
Meta-synthesis of qualitative research: the challenges …
Synthesis methods for broad and diverse bodies of research evidence
The synthesis methods discussed above largely focus on synthesizing the results of primary studies. In this section we briefly describe synthesis approaches to broad and diverse bodies of research evidence.