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Exploring the contextualisation of methods in research synthesis: Three studies in dementia and communication

Sworn, Katie (2015) Exploring the contextualisation of methods in research synthesis: Three studies in dementia and communication. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This thesis constitutes a programme of research to adapt and test three review methodologies. The methodologies include: a Scoping Review, a Meta Study and a Narrative Synthesis. The objective of methodological development was to create systematised processes for identifying suitable forms of communication for participants from contextualised research evidence and synthesis. Communication (data collection) methods are pivotal in understanding lived experience and representing views. The empirical focus of the thesis surrounds forms of alternative communication methods in the context of people with dementia. These alternative research methods are particularly important for participants who may not use verbal forms of communication as their primary method of interaction. The thesis proposes the introduction of a new review genre called ‘methods contextualisation’ which could assist reviewers in critiquing data collection methods and interpreting voices in research. The thesis is structured in three phases: development, implementation, and conceptualisation of the methodologies. Outcomes of the thesis produced both methodological and empirical findings. The adapted methodologies are presented as a typology, offering different forms of critical understanding about communication methods to influence future choice and use of those methods. Findings identify and synthesise relevant forms of knowledge. The thesis proposes methods contextualisation processes could be embedded into dementia theory, research and practice.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: systematic review methodology, dementia
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.685238
Depositing User: Miss Katie Sworn
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 10:39
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 13:34
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/12762

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