May 2016


Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research 

GRADE-CERQual workshop in Barcelona

Ivan Solà, Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre

The Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud and Cochrane Iberoamerica recently hosted a workshop on the use of qualitative evidence in formulating recommendations. As part of the workshop, participants were introduced to the GRADE-CERQual approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative synthesis.

Fourteen members of the Spanish Network of Health Technology Assessment Agencies, with different backgrounds in the use of qualitative evidence, participated in the workshop. The workshop had a practical focus, and participants were given lots of opportunities in small groups to discuss and assess the individual CERQual components and the overall assessment using a hypothetical review finding. The feedback for the workshop was extremely good with attendees expressing a high degree of satisfaction.
Claire Glenton and Simon Lewin from the Global Health Unit, Norwegian Institute of Public Health led this workshop with the help of Ivan Solà and Anna Selva from Cochrane Iberoamerica, as facilitators.
Recent GRADE-CERQual Publications
Bannon, L., McGaughey, J., Clarke, M., McAuley, D. F., & Blackwood, B. (2016). Impact of non-pharmacological interventions on prevention and treatment of delirium in critically ill patients: protocol for a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research. Systematic reviews, 5(1), 1.

Belrhiti, Z., Booth, A., Marchal, B., & Verstraeten, R. 2016. To what extent do site-based training, mentoring, and operational research improve district health system management and leadership in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review protocol. Systematic reviews, 5(1), 1.

Fleming, P., Furlong, M., McGilloway, S., Keogh, F., Hernon, M., & Stainton, T. 2016. Protocol: Personal Budgeting Interventions to Improve Health and Social Care Outcomes for People with a Disability: A Systematic Review.

Odendaal, W. A., Goudge, J., Griffiths, F., Tomlinson, M., Leon, N., & Daniels, K. (1915). Healthcare workers’ perceptions and experience on using mHealth technologies to deliver primary healthcare services: qualitative evidence synthesis. The Cochrane Library.

Tso, L.S., Best, J., Beanland, R., Doherty, M., Lackey, M., Ma, Q., Hall, B.J., Yang, B. and Tucker, J.D., 2016. Facilitators and barriers in HIV linkage to care interventions: a qualitative evidence review. AIDS.

Verboom, B., Montgomery, P., & Bennett, S. 2016. What factors affect evidence-informed policymaking in public health? Protocol for a systematic review of qualitative evidence using thematic synthesis. Systematic reviews, 5(1), 1.

Lewin et al. 2015 – Using qualitative evidence in decision making for health and social interventions: An approach to assess confidence in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses

Colvin et al. 2015 - Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research (CERQual): Development and Future Directions of a Novel Approach

Downe et al. 2015 - What matters to women: a systematic scoping review to identify the processes and outcomes of antenatal care provision that are important to healthy pregnant women
We are also thankful to members of the CERQual Project Group and other colleagues publishing summaries of the CERQual approach in SPANISH and CHINESE.


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