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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.