The GRADE-CERQual approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses

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Munthe-Kaas H1, Lewin S2, Noyes J3, Glenton C1, Carlsen B4, Booth A5, Rashidian A6, Garside R7, Bohren M8, Tuncalp O8, Wainwright M9
1Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2Cochrane EPOC, Cochrane Norway, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, South African Medical Research Council, 3Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group, 4Uni Research Rokkan Centre, 5School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, 6Information, Evidence and Research Department, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, WHO, 7European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, 8UNDP/UNFPA/ UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO, 9Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town

Objectives: Systematic reviews of qualitative studies (qualitative evidence syntheses) are increasingly used to bring together findings from qualitative studies. A number qualitative evidence syntheses are now published or under way. In order to use synthesised findings to inform decisions we need methods to assess how much confidence to place in these findings.

The objective of this workshop is to introduce the GRADE-CERQual approach to assess Confidence in Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research.

Description: The workshop will be facilitated by the GRADE-CERQual co-ordinating team. The workshop is intended for review authors who are using/planning to use GRADE-CERQual. Attendees should have some familiarity with qualitative research and evidence synthesis methods. This is not intended to be a basic training session.

1. Presentation:

- The GRADE-CERQual approach: rationale and introduction

- Using GRADE-CERQual to make an overall assessment of confidence in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses

- Introduction to GRADE-CERQual Summary of Qualitative Findings tables

2. Group discussion and/or practical exercises for each CERQual component:

(1) Assessing the methodological limitations of the individual studies contributing to a review finding

(2) Assessing the coherence of each review finding

(3) Assessing the relevance of studies contributing to a review finding

(4) Assessing the adequacy of data supporting each review finding

3. Feedback