Processes of Metastudy: A Study of Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Chronic Health Conditions

  • David B. Nicholas Hospital for Sick Children
  • Judith Globerman University of British Columbia
  • Beverley J. Antle The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Ted McNeill The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Lucyna M. Lach McGill University


Metastudy introduces a systematically aggregated interpretive portrayal of a body of literature, based on saturation and the synthesis of findings. In this metastudy, the authors examined qualitative studies addressing psychosocial adaptation to childhood chronic health conditions, published over a 30-year period (1970-2000). They describe metastudy processes, including study identification, strategies for study search and retrieval, adjudication of difference in study design and rigor, and analysis of findings. They also illustrate metastudy components through examples drawn from this project and discuss implications for practice and recommendations.