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Webinar: An Introduction to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis and its Utility for Understanding, Designing and Evaluating Trials

November 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: MY125, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway United States

Speaker(s): Katy Sutcliffe

Affiliation: Institute of Education, University College London

Organised by: Health Behaviour Change Research Group

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Webinar Overview

Including diverse types of evidence in systematic reviews can increase their relevance for decision makers. Qualitative Evidence Syntheses (QES) bring together research that reports people’s views and experiences of, for example, a particular illness or healthcare approach. As well as being of value in themselves, QES can assist policy makers with interpretation and implementation of the findings of systematic reviews that evaluate intervention effectiveness. The session will begin with an overview of the underlying logic and methods of QES. It will then describe some examples of QES to exemplify how they can assist policy development. Finally, the session will describe a current QES being undertaken at NUI Galway on the factors that impact on recruitment to trials in healthcare.


Dr Katy Sutcliffe is based at the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordination Centre (EPPI-Centre), Institute of Education, University College London. She is the Deputy Director of the Department of Health Policy Reviews Facility which produces research syntheses to address Department of Health policy needs and is a collaboration with the University of York and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Katy specialises in developing systematic review methods for producing policy-relevant evidence, in particular qualitative and mixed-methods evidence syntheses and approaches for identifying the key ingredients and underlying mechanisms of interventions.

Register for this webinar via http://tinyurl.com/questswebinar6

You can also watch the webinar with us in Classroom 2 (MY125), Áras Moyola, NUI Galway.

Details of past QUESTS webinars are available at http://quests.ie/webinars/