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Testing methodological developments in the conduct of narrative synthesis: a demonstration review of research on the implementation of smoke alarm interventions

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  • Lisa Arai
  • Nicky Britten
  • Jennie Popay
  • Helen Roberts
  • Mark Petticrew
  • Mark Rodgers
  • Amanda Sowden
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Evidence and Policy : A Journal of Research Debate and Practice
Issue number3
Volume3
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)361-383
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In the context of systematic reviews, statistical meta-analysis of findings is not always possible. Where this is the case, or where a review of implementation evidence is required, narrative synthesis of data is typically undertaken. Drawing on recently developed guidance aimed at those undertaking data synthesis - and information on the implementation of domestic smoke detectors - we present findings from a demonstration of the tools and techniques that can be used in a narrative synthesis. The work demonstrates how this process can be made more transparent, and suggests that using the tools and techniques can improve the quality of narrative synthesis.