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Title: Inclusive approaches to the synthesis of qualitative research : harnessing perspectives and participation to inform equitable public health policy
Author: Rees, R. W.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 4540
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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There is a pressing need to understand inequalities in health and how these might be addressed. In this thesis I explore an area of research practice in the field of public health that holds potential for addressing inequalities; the point at which there is overlap between the influences of two current and influential developments in research. These developments are: an increasing interest in the use of systematic methods to review studies of people’s experiences of their everyday lives (qualitative evidence synthesis); and a turn towards the active participation in the design and conduct of research of people from all walks of life, but in particular people that hold marginalized positions in society (inclusive research). A claim seen within both developments is that research can contribute towards changing the ‘status quo’, however little guidance exists for researchers who want to bring both ideas together and conduct systematic reviews of qualitative evidence in ways that bring the insights and rights of people from marginalised groups to the fore. I will argue that the publications that I have submitted for consideration as part of this thesis, as well as providing substantive findings about the perspectives of people from groups that can be considered marginalized, provide a novel contribution to the literatures about qualitative evidence synthesis and inclusive research methods. I conclude that principles of inclusive research can usefully be applied at several points during the research journey of a qualitative evidence synthesis so as to aid the production of findings about the perspectives of marginalised groups that have transformative potential. However, if systematic reviews of qualitative evidence are to be directed at addressing social marginalisation, then thinking about the human drivers of this work is likely to be an essential step in review planning.
Supervisor: Oliver, S. ; Thomas, J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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