QUESTS and the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG) at NUI Galway co-hosted a one-day introductory workshop on qualitative evidence synthesis on 26 October 2016.
The workshop was well-attended, with over 20 participants from all over Ireland with backgrounds in psychology, health behaviour change, primary school teaching, nursing and midwifery and emergency medical services; but all with a common interest to learn more about qualitative evidence synthesis.
Delivered by Dr Catherine Houghton and Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, the workshop provided participants with an opportunity to learn about, and practice the different stages of a qualitative synthesis. They also gained an overview and understanding of different methods involved in conducting a qualitative review. Catherine used an example of a recent review that maximised the features of NVivo software for conducting sensitivity analysis. QUESTS will be hosting a one day NVivo workshop next February (details to follow).
Dr Jenny Mc Sharry describes the many types of qualitative evidence synthesis approaches
Dr Catherine Houghton illustrates how she used Framework synthesis in her review of caring for people with dementia in acute settings
Dr Mairéad Furlong, Dr Louise Murphy and Stephen Daly enjoying a break