Approaches to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis
Duration 1 day
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Postgraduate Researcher students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences only.

Course Description

Systematic review is a method to systematically search, critically appraise and adequately synthesise evidence for a specific question of interest. This course will provide an introduction to Systematic Reviews of qualitative research. If you are undertaking quantitative research, you may wish to attend ‘Quantitative Systematic Reviews’


To give an overview of the techniques involved in undertaking a qualitative systematic review

Learning outcomes

At the end of the sessions you will be able to:

  • Discuss why we need qualitative systematic reviews
  • Define what a qualitative systematic review (QSR) is and the principles of how to conduct one
  • Describe what the different types of QSR are e.g. meta-synthesis, meta-aggregation and meta-ethnography
  • Develop a robust search strategy including:
  • Developing your research question
  • Understanding how to use PICO or SPIDER to develop your search strategy
  • Understanding what databases you might use to identify relevant literature
  • Understanding what type of studies you might want to identify
  • Understand what tools you might use to critically appraise qualitative literature
  • Understand the principles of how to analyse data

You may also be interested to attend

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Quantitative Evidence Synthesis
Systematic Review: Literature searching

Course dates for 2020/21 will be published in early October 2020

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

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It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.




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