A qualitative metasynthesis is an interpretive integration of qualitative findings in which findings from different studies are combined into new findings. It is the top-ranking method in qualitative methodology and a opportunity to connect «little islands of knowledge» (1, p. 181) and therefore it is highly relevant to keep producing these studies.

In this article we introduce the qualitative metasynthesis as described by Sandelowski and Barroso and outline the steps in the process of conducting a qualitative metasynthesis. Our aim is to disseminate understanding of the practical use of qualitative metasynthesis. The primarily audience for this article are practitioners and students of all kinds.

Keywords: evidence based, literature study, nursing research, qualitative metasynthesis, qualitative method