november, 2021

09nov(nov 9)9:30 am10(nov 10)1:30 pmIntroduction to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis from Conception to Completion SOLD OUT9:30 am - 1:30 pm (10) ONLINE


Event Details

This workshop provides authors, at the beginning of the QES process, with a comprehensive overview of Qualitative Evidence Synthesis and how Cochrane QES reviews are structured. It offers an insight into the development of a Cochrane protocol, introducing participants to Cochrane methodology, search methods, data extraction and meta-synthesis. 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: 9th & 10th November 2021

Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm (both days)

Places: 30 available for individuals who are resident in Ireland & Northern Ireland

Skill Level: Introductory

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals, academics, researchers and ESI fellows who have identified a QES review topic and are ready to begin working on their protocol

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. Breakout rooms will be used for 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 in NUI Galway

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

Dr Catherine Houghton is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the School of Nursing & Midwifery in NUI Galway

Dr Maura Dowling is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the School of Nursing & Midwifery in NUI Galway

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9 (Tuesday) 9:30 am - 10 (Wednesday) 1:30 pm



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