Evidence Synthesis Ireland

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What ‘matters’ actually comes to ‘matter’ in systematic reviews?

Presented By: Karin Hannes & Lynn Hendricks

What ‘matters’ actually comes to ‘matter’ in systematic reviews? The importance of ‘thing power’ as an analytical concept to synthesize qualitative research evidence on therapy compliance

The presenter for this webinar was Karin Hannes, Associate Professor in Qualitative Methodology and Meta-Synthesis, KU Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences, Leuven, Belgium. Presenting with her was Lynn Hendricks, global South doctoral scholar working on the HAART review. Lynn is affiliated to Stellenbosch University and KU Leuven University.

Transdisciplinary approaches to health care present opportunities for modern medicine to shift its focus to the overall health and wellbeing of patients. This shift opens up new ways of understanding diseases and the complex interplay between peoples living or health care environment and the bio-psycho-social (BPS) dimensions of their experiences with a particular illness. In our latest review project, we extended the BPS model commonly used as a logic framework to make sense of qualitative research evidence with a new-materialist perspective. We focused our review project on HIV perinatal infected adolescents on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in low and middle income countries. However, the new logic model we derived at and material analytical lens we propose is transferable to other review projects dealing with the complex interaction of human and non-human agents in studying health care practices.