A "Rapid Best-Fit" model for framework synthesis: Using research objectives to structure analysis within a rapid review of qualitative evidence.

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      Publisher: Wiley Blackwell Country of Publication: England NLM ID: 101543738 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1759-2887 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 17592879 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Res Synth Methods Subsets: MEDLINE
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      Publication: : Chichester : Wiley Blackwell
      Original Publication: Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons, 2010-
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      The short time frame associated with rapid reviews can be challenging for researchers conducting qualitative evidence synthesis. In these circumstances a Best-Fit Framework Synthesis, drawing upon existing theory and/or research, may be conducted to rapidly make sense of qualitative evidence. This article discusses a "Rapid Best-Fit" approach to conducting Framework Synthesis within an 6-week rapid systematic review of qualitative evidence. In the absence of a suitable theoretical model to inform the synthesis, we drew upon our research objectives to structure a framework, and to identify the studies which contained the most relevant data. Themes from these studies were used to revise the initial framework before inductive thematic synthesis finalized theme content. This "Rapid Best-Fit" approach yielded results aligned with the needs of the commissioners of the review and is a useful addition to qualitative synthesis methods, allowing for the incorporation of diverse views and experiences into fast-paced decision making scenarios.
      (© 2020 The Authors. Research Synthesis Methods published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.)
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      HS&DR/16/47/22 This project was funded by The National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research programme
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      Keywords: framework synthesis; qualitative methods; rapid reviews; systematic reviews
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