Social care research: a suitable case for systematic review?

Sharland, Elaine and Taylor, Imogen (2006) Social care research: a suitable case for systematic review? Evidence and Policy, 2 (4). pp. 503-523. ISSN 1744-2648

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This article examines how systematic reviews might best address social care research. In the context of broader methodological debate, it draws on recent first-hand experience of undertaking systematic reviews in this field, to propose that research inclusion, quality assessment and synthesis should be guided by certain key characteristics of social care knowledge, research and practice. It explores the potential of the TAPUPAS framework, developed by Pawson and colleagues (2003) to address qualities of social care knowledges in general, for informing and moving forward our thinking about systematic reviews of social care research in particular.

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Additional Information: This jointly authored paper breaks new theoretical ground with its i) analysis of the application of EPPI systematic review methodology to social care; ii) innovative exploration of TAPUPAS (Pawson et al 2003) potential for appraising social care knowledge. It draws on the authors' experience of two systematic reviews, and rigorously examines the interdisciplinary methodological literature. The Editor commented, 'The paper is excellent... will make an important contribution to debate.' It has been disseminated widely: the International Conference on Evaluation for Practice, Huddersfield, 2005; Campbell Collaboration, 2007; International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Granada, 2007; Joint Social Work Education Conference, 2007.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Elaine Sharland
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:33
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 14:52
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