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Table 1 Key terms in a meta-ethnography

From: Meta-ethnography in healthcare research: a guide to using a meta-ethnographic approach for literature synthesis

Primary authors

Refers to the authors of the original primary qualitative studies

Reviewers/team members

Refers to the individuals conducting the meta-ethnography

First order constructs

Represent the primary data reported in each paper (participant quotations).

Second order constructs

The primary authors’ interpretations of the primary data (metaphorical themes or concepts).

Third order constructs

The reviewers higher order interpretations developed from a tertiary analysis of the first and second order constructs.