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ERIC Number: EJ1093485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Critical Realist Review: Exploring the Real, beyond the Empirical
Edgley, Alison; Stickley, Theodore; Timmons, Stephen; Meal, Andy
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v40 n3 p316-330 2016
This article defines the "critical realist review", a literature-based methodological approach to critical analysis of health care studies (or any discipline charged with social interventions) that is robust, insightful and essential for the complexities of twenty-first century evidence-based health and social care. We argue that this approach, underpinned by a critical realist philosophy and methodology, will facilitate students and researchers to employ relevant theoretical insights from a range of disciplines that have necessary contributions to make to our understanding of health and social care practice and provision. We explore the limitations of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and the systematic review for informing evidence-based health and social care. The article also offers some suggestions on method, although, as we argue, the approach deliberately eschews a "cookbook" approach. A glossary of terms is provided in the Appendix.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom