Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Webinar Recordings

Changing the conversation – How QES reviews can frame and inform guidelines and implementation

Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery Studies, BA (hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE.

This webinar describes the synergistic development of qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) techniques and WHO maternity care guidelines, as an example of how iterative methodological innovation can make a difference to the framing of ‘what counts’ in practice. The webinar also covers the further use of the results from QES reviews in implementation of guidelines into practice in a range of countries and settings.

Professor Soo Downe worked as a clinical midwife between 1985 and 2000.  In 2001 she joined UCLan  where she is now the Professor of Midwifery Studies. Her main research focus is the nature of, and cultures around, normal birth. She is a Cochrane EPOC editor. She has been a co-author on papers in three Lancet Series (Midwifery, Stillbirth, and Reducing Caesarean Section). She has published over 150 peer reviewed papers, and has undertaken research using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods. With the team at UCLan she has undertaken qualitative evidence syntheses to inform and frame a range of WHO guidelines related to maternity care, and has also been part of a series of papers on undertaking QES reviews.

Presenter: Prof Soo Downe