Qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) and GRADE-CERQual


Tue Jun 06 2023 at 09:30 am to Wed Jun 07 2023 at 04:30 pm


Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine | Melbourne, VI

This 2-day course covers the steps involved in conducting systematic reviews of primary qualitative research following Cochrane methods
About this Event

Qualitative evidence synthesis (QES), or systematic reviews of primary qualitative research, are becoming more common both within and outside Cochrane. The methods for undertaking these reviews are now well developed. Findings from QES are increasingly used in decision making processes, including to inform the development of clinical, health system and social welfare recommendations (e.g. by WHO, NICE) and to inform decisions across a wide range of public health and other areas.

This course will introduce and detail QES: what it is, how its findings can be applied, methodological steps in conducting a QES and how to assess and describe the level of confidence to place in QES findings (GRADE-CERQual approach). The GRADE-CERQual approach is now recommended for all Cochrane qualitative evidence syntheses. We will use presentations, small groups, and illustrate material using applied examples.

Delivery: Face-to-face teaching in Melbourne over two sessions:

1. Tuesday 6 June (9.30am to 4.30pm)

2. Wednesday 7 June (9.30am to 4:30 pm)

Target audience: reviewers working on systematic reviews of qualitative evidence.

Course leader: Dr Meghan Bohren

Meghan is an Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is an experienced Cochrane author and an associate editor with Cochrane’s Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group. Her focus is on systematic reviews impacting populations and systems in low- and middle-income countries, and methodological research related to qualitative evidence syntheses. She is a co-coordinator of the CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research) coordinating group.

Cost: $396 per participant with discounts for group tickets.


Where is it happening?

Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


AUD 316.00 to AUD 396.00

Cochrane Australia

Host or Publisher Cochrane Australia

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