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date: 17 August 2019

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Systematic literature reviews serve the purpose of integrating findings from reports of multiple research studies and thereby build the evidence base for both research and practice. Mixed methods literature reviews (MMLRs) are distinct in that they summarize and integrate findings from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies via qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Although MMLRs encompass a range of approaches, the focus of this chapter is on their potential to contribute to the evidence base for complex social and health interventions. The chapter includes examples illustrating how MMLRs have been applied to synthesize evidence for complex interventions and concludes with a discussion of the challenges involved and suggestions for surmounting them.

Keywords: mixed methods, literature reviews, complex interventions, systematic literature review, evidence base

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