Making Sense of Qualitative and Quantitative Findings in Mixed Research Synthesis Studies.


Journal Article

The synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research findings is increasingly promoted, but many of the conceptual and methodological issues it raises have yet to be fully understood and resolved. In this article, we describe how we handled issues encountered in efforts to synthesize the findings in forty-two reports of studies of antiretroviral adherence in HIV-positive women in the course of an ongoing study to develop methods to synthesize qualitative and quantitative research findings in common domains of health-related research. Working with these reports underscored the importance of looking past method claims and ideals and directly at the findings themselves, differentiating between aggregative syntheses in which findings are assimilated and interpretive syntheses in which they are configured, and understanding the judgments involved in designating relationships between findings as confirmatory, divergent, or complementary.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Voils, CI; Sandelowski, M; Barroso, J; Hasselblad, V

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 25

PubMed ID

  • 18677415

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18677415

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1525-822X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1525822X07307463


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States