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Archive of Evidence Synthesis of QUalItative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE12) 

Methods Workshop on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis


*  The fourth ESQUIRE Methods Workshop on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (ESQUIRE12was held at the Edge, Sheffield from Tuesday 4 September 2011-Thursday 6 September 2012 in Sheffield, UK. *

ESQUIRE13 is currently being planned for September 2013 

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This is a site to support the Evidence Synthesis of QUalItative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) Methods Workshops on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis [Co-ordinated by the Cochrane Qualitative & Implementation Research Methods Group]


Overview of the course:

This course is designed to provide participants with a state-of-the art perspective on the methodology of qualitative systematic reviews (qualitative evidence syntheses). It will focus on methods that feature in the forthcoming guidance of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group but will also incorporate a broader perspective on available methods of qualitative synthesis.


Suitable for:

  • Qualitative Researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic Reviewers who want to learn how to translate synthesis methods to qualitative data
  • PhD Students in topic areas that will require substantive review of qualitative research
  • New researchers who want to develop evidence synthesis/systematic review
  • Qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge


Expected outcomes of this Programme:

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the main methods of evidence synthesis in terms of their strengths and weaknesses
  2. Rehearse the stages of the systematic review process, specifically in relation to the methodological challenges associated with synthesis of qualitative evidence
  3. Distinguish between aggregative and interpretive approaches to qualitative evidence synthesis
  4. Identify circumstances under which framework analysis or grounded theory-based approaches to synthesis are most appropriate
  5. Describe the requirements for presenting data and disseminating the findings of qualitative evidence syntheses, both as standard-alone reviews and when integrating with the outputs of quantitative systematic reviews.


Overview of content:

The course will follow the main steps of the systematic review process as it applies, and is adapted to, qualitative evidence syntheses. The Programme Faculty will take participants through the stages of defining and exploring scope, conducting the literature searches, quality assessing studies for inclusion, synthesising data and writing up and presenting the product of the synthesis. The emphasis will be on those aspects of methods that either relate specifically to qualitative evidence synthesis or that need to be translated or adapted in order to meet new methodological challenges. Participants will be provided with an excellent overview of current methods of qualitative evidence synthesis together with practical experience of key stages in the review process.


Pre course requirements

No formal experience is required. A working knowledge of standard systematic review methods will be an advantage – alternatively participants would find it helpful to read Systematic Reviews: CRD’s guidance for undertaking reviews in healthcare (http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/systematic_reviews_book.htmprior to the course. A background in qualitative research methodologies would be advantageous but is not essential .



The Halifax Conference Centre, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Overview of Course Structure:

Day One         4th September 2012

13:00 p.m. – 17:00 p.m. - Introduction and Overview plus Focusing the Question and Searching


Day Two         5th September 2012

09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m - Data Extraction and Quality Assessment

13:30 p.m. – 17:00 p.m. – Analysis, Synthesis and Writing Up


Day Three      6th September 2012

10:00 a.m. – 15:30 p.m - Issues & Challenges for Qualitative Research in Evidence Synthesis (InCQuiRES)


Day One - Tuesday 4th September 2012

Session 1 - Overview, Focusing the Question and Searching


1pm Introduction and Overview - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

1.30pm Focusing the Question - Dr Janet Harris {Presentation} {Protocol}

2.15pm Which Methods, Which Deliverable - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

2.45pm Tea

3.10pm Planning Your Review - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

3.35pm Searching for Qualitative Evidence - Ms Helen Buckley Woods {Presentations}

                Study Selection - Ms Helen Buckley Woods {Handout}

                Using Filters and Supplementary Methods - Ms Helen Buckley Woods

4.50pm Summary of the Day - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

5pm Close


Day Two –Wednesday 5th September 2012

Session Two - Data Extraction & Quality Assessment

9.30am Challenges of Data Extraction - Dr Chris Carroll {Presentation}

9.50am Data Extraction Practical - Dr Chris Carroll {Handout1{Handout2} {Handout3}

(Includes break 10.40am to 11am)

11.15am Essentials of Quality Assessment - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

11.15am Quality Assessment Practical - Mr Andrew Booth {Handout1} {Handout2} {Handout3} {Handout4} {Handout5}

12.30pm Lunch


Session Three – Analysis, Synthesis and Writing Up

1.30pm Case Study - Dr Sue Baxter {Presentation}

2.15pm Synthesis Practical - Dr Chris Carroll {Presentation}

3.15pm Tea

3.30pm Integrating your Data Practical - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

4.30pm Writing Up and Dissemination - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

5pm Close


Issues and Challenges for Qualitative Research in Evidence Synthesis (InCQuiRES/Day Three ESQUIRE) – Thursday 6th September 2012

Session Four - Methodological Challenges - Focusing, Study Identification and Assessment

Chair Mr Andrew Booth

10am Welcome and Introduction to the Day - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

10.15am Issues and Challenges around Scoping and Focusing the Question - Dr Janet Harris {Presentation}

10.55am Issues and Challenges around Searching the Literature - Mr Andrew Booth {Presentation}

11.20am Coffee

11.50am Issues and Challenges around Assessing Qualitative Research - Dr Karin Hannes {Presentation}

12.30pm Lunch


Session Five - Methodological Challenges - Synthesis and Integration

Chair Dr Janet Harris

1.30pm Issues and Challenges around Synthesising Qualitative Research - Professor Jane Noyes {Presentation}

2.15pm Issues and Challenges around Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data - Dr James Thomas {Presentation}

3pm Methodological Roundtable Discussion

Featuring - Mr Andrew Booth, Dr Karin Hannes, Dr James Thomas, Dr Janet Harris & Professor Jane Noyes

3.20pm The Way Forward – Taking your Interest Further - Dr Janet Harris & Professor Jane Noyes

3.30pm Tea and Departure 

Select Bibliography


Further Information


ASQUS Discussion List

Cochrane HandbookChapter 20: Qualitative research and Cochrane reviews. Noyes J, Popay J, Pearson A, Hannes K and Booth A on behalf of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group. Copyright © 2008 The Cochrane Collaboration.

Cochrane Qualitative Evidence Synthesis Register
Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group 

Realist synthesis protocols:

Protocol: a realist review of user fee exemption policies for health services in Africa

Protocol: Assessing the outcomes of participatory research: protocol for identifying, selecting, appraising and synthesizing the literature for realist review

Protocol: Understanding the relationship between the perceived characteristics of clinical practice guidelines and their uptake: protocol for a realist review


Tools to Assist Qualitative Reviewers

  • Cochrane Guidance

Chapter 1: Developing a protocol in REVMAN (in development)

Chapter 2: Question Formulation

Chapter 3: Searching

Chapter 4: Critical appraisal

Chapter 5: Data-extraction

Chapter 6: Synthesis


CRD Undertaking Systematic Reviews - Chapter 6 on Incorporating qualitative evidence in or alongside

effectiveness reviews

Exemplar: 'Medication career' or 'Moral career'? The two sides of managing antidepressants: A metaethnography of patients' experience of antidepressants


Email: Andrew Booth


An Archive of the materials from ESQUIRE2009ESQUIRE2010 and ESQUIRE2011 is also available. 


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