Bridging the gap between research and practice: The development of a digital library of research syntheses.


Journal Article

This article describes the development of a digital library as a resource for clinicians and researchers working with women with HIV infection. We wanted to find a new way of communicating the findings from the 114 studies that we used as the method case. The development of the SandBar Digital Library (, a product of a 5-year project to develop the analytic techniques for qualitative metasynthesis, is described from its inception, including analyses of the potential users and how they might use such a resource. The Digital Library evolved over a 3-year period, with continuous feedback from a group of researchers and clinicians who are also experts in the care of HIV-positive people. It provides a concise and comprehensive compilation of findings in two major areas of concern for the seropositive women who were the participants in the studies: motherhood and stigma.

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Cited Authors

  • Barroso, J; Edlin, A; Sandelowski, M; Lambe, C

Published Date

  • March 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 85 - 94

PubMed ID

  • 16554692

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16554692

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9774

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1538-2931

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00024665-200603000-00007


  • eng