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SyntHesis and Analysis Methods for Reviews Of Qualitative Studies SHAMROQS

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Workshop Aim: Increase understanding & familiarity with different methodology options for handling the synthesis of primary research studies

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Background

This one day workshop provides a brief overview of the development and use of three principal methods of qualitative evidence synthesis; thematic synthesis, framework synthesis and meta-ethnography. These three methods are endorsed as the methods of choice by the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Research Group and collectively they represent a versatile toolkit of approaches to handling qualitative data within systematic reviews. This workshop will offer experience of conducting all three approaches and the strengths and weaknesses of each method will be rehearsed and then demonstrated. Key references in methodological development and reporting standards will be explored against a backdrop of Cochrane methodological guidance and alongside exemplars of each type of research output. The workshop will allow participants to shape their own views of what method works best under different circumstances. Brief reference will also be made to applied examples of these methods such as rapid QES and mega-ethnography.

Aim

The aim of this workshop is to increase understanding and familiarity with different methodology options for handling the synthesis of primary research studies.

Objectives:

The objectives of this workshop include:

• How to select a method for synthesis of qualitative research that is informed by your research question, audience and purpose and data characteristics.

• How to use common synthesis methods to organise, arrange and present data from primary qualitative research reports within a qualitative evidence synthesis

• How to identify and meet the different expectations of stakeholders when reporting the methods and outputs of your qualitative evidence synthesis

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

• Identify and describe the three main methods of qualitative synthesis as recommended by the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group

• Identify shared and diverse features of qualitative synthesis methods

• Analyze the role of thematic synthesis and framework synthesis in describing findings from qualitative research

• Analyze the contribution of meta-ethnography in interpreting findings from qualitative research

• Apply the RETREAT criteria in selecting appropriate methods to conduct particular synthesis review types;

• Evaluate and defend the contribution of different synthesis methods to diverse review questions

Teaching strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, small group and individual exercises. A variety of worksheets and handouts will be provided to encourage practical engagement with learning from the course and further reference to additional resources. The number of participants for the course is limited to 30 for individuals who are resident on the island of Ireland

Prerequisites

Delegates should be familiar with the overall process of a systematic review, preferably as it relates to qualitative evidence synthesis.

Course content/timetable

10:00 Introductions/Introduction to the Course

10:15 Overview of Qualitative Synthesis

11:00 Introducing Thematic Synthesis

11:15 Break

11:30 Thematic Synthesis Practical

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Introducing Framework Synthesis

13:15 Framework Synthesis Practical

14:00 Introducing Meta-Ethnography

14:15 Meta-Ethnography Practical

15:00 Break

15:15 Choosing Your Method of Synthesis

15:45 Concluding Comments/Questions

16:00 Close

Facilitator

Dr Andrew Booth, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield.

Dr Booth is a Reader in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. He is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group. Andrew is a Chartered Information Professional (UK CILIP) and was awarded the prestigious Cyril Barnard Award for outstanding contribution to health librarianship in 2011. Andrew has been teaching and conducting systematic reviews for over 25 years, latterly specialising in qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) and realist synthesis. He has experience of multiple QES methods including hands-on familiarity with thematic synthesis, framework synthesis and meta-ethnography. Between 2015 and 2021 he has been the world’s most prolific author/co-author of QES methodology and published examples of qualitative evidence synthesis. In 2020 he collaborated with Evidence Synthesis Ireland to support the first ever Cochrane Rapid Qualitative Evidence Synthesis. Andrew’s research focuses on methods of information retrieval and/or qualitative synthesis. He is responsible for many acronyms and mnemonics used in everyday reviewing practice (e.g. SPICE, SPIDER, PerSPE©TiF and RETREAT) and contributes to numerous modules and short courses including his own annual ESQUIRE course on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis.


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