Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Introduction to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis from Conception to Completion

17jan8:30 am4:00 pmIntroduction to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis from Conception to Completion8:30 am - 4:00 pm University of Limerick, Castletroy, County Limerick, Ireland

Event Details


Health care policy and practice decisions should be based on a synthesis of the global body of evidence rather than relying on individual studies. Evidence Synthesis Ireland promotes evidence based healthcare policy and practice by supporting high quality, relevant systematic reviews including the synthesis of qualitative evidence.


This workshop provides authors, with an interest in learning more about the QES process, with a comprehensive overview of the approaches to and the methods for qualitative evidence synthesis. It offers an insight to the development of a protocol, introducing participants to, search methods, selecting studies, assessing the quality of studies, data extraction and approaches to synthesis.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, participants will be enabled to:

• Understand the basic principles of a qualitative evidence synthesis

• Identify the scope of their review

• Understand search methods and apply these methods to their search strategy

• Apply the criteria for selecting studies

• Understand the principles of extracting and synthesising findings from a QES

• Understand the application of Grade CERQual to QES findings

Date: 17th January 2023

Time: 8:30am – 16:00pm

Location: University of Limerick (The Pavillion, North Campus, beside Health Sciences Building & School of Medicine)

Fee: General Admission €100 / Student €50

Places: 25 available for individuals who are resident in Ireland & Northern Ireland

Skill Level: Introductory

Target Audience: This is an introductory workshop targeted for Healthcare professionals, academics, researchers, decision makers who are interested in learning about the methodology and processes involved in planning and conducting a QES.

Teaching Strategies: The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, led by members of the ESI teaching faculty covering each of the stages of developing a QES, small group activities based around worked examples and exercises and plenary discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to discuss and develop their understanding of the QES process. Participants’ will also be provided with a short reading list in advance of the workshop.


Dr Linda Biesty is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Galway

Dr Pauline Meskell is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing & Health Research at the Department of Nursing & Midwifery in the University of Limerick

*If your type of ticket is sold out, please join the waitlist or contact us at esi@nuigalway.ie


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(Tuesday) 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Irish Standard Time


University of Limerick, Castletroy, County Limerick, Ireland