Improving reporting of Meta-Ethnography: The eMERGe Reporting Guidance

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  • Emma F. France
    University of Stirling
  • Maggie Cunningham
    University of Stirling
  • Nicola Ring
    Edinburgh Napier University
  • Isabelle Uny
    University of Stirling
  • Edward AS Duncan
    University of Stirling
  • Ruth G Jepson
    University of Edinburgh
  • Margaret Maxwell
    University of Stirling
  • Rachel J. Roberts
    University of Stirling
  • Ruth L. Turley
    Cardiff University
  • Andrew Booth
    University of Sheffield
  • Nicky Britten
    University of Exeter Medical School
  • Kate Flemming
    University of York
  • Ian Gallagher
    eMERGe project
  • Ruth Garside
    University of Exeter
  • Karin Hannes
    University of Leuven
  • Simon Lewin
    Knowledge Centre for the Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
  • George W. Noblit
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
  • Catherine Pope
    University of Southampton
  • James Thomas
    EPPI-Centre, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Meredith Vanstone
    McMaster University, Hamilton
  • Gina M. A. Higginbottom
    University of Nottingham
  • Jane Noyes
To provide guidance to improve the completeness and clarity of meta-ethnography reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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 tailoredreporting guideline for meta-ethnography. The article is being simultaneously published in the following journals: BMC Medical Research Methodology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, PLOS ONE, Psycho-Oncology; and Review of Education.


Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)1126-1139
Nifer y tudalennau14
CyfnodolynJournal of Advanced Nursing
Rhif y cyfnodolyn5
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar15 Ion 2019
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StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Mai 2019

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