20. May 2019 - 8:30 till 16:30
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Introduction to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES) from Conception to Completion | Phoenix Suite, Ashling Hotel | Monday, 20. May 2019

Health care policy and practice decisions should be based on a synthesis of the global body of evidence rather than relying on individual studies. Evidence Synthesis Ireland promotes evidence based healthcare policy and practice by supporting high quality, relevant systematic reviews including the synthesis of qualitative evidence.
This workshop provides authors, at the beginning of the QES process, with a comprehensive overview of the approaches to and the methods for qualitative evidence synthesis. It offers an insight to the development of a protocol, introducing participants to, search methods, selecting studies, assessing the quality of studies, data extraction and approaches to synthesis.
This workshop will provide researchers with a comprehensive overview of the approaches to and methods for the synthesis of qualitative evidence.
Learning outcomes
In this course participants will be enabled to:

Understand the basic principles of a qualitative evidence synthesis

Identify the scope of their review

Understand search methods and apply these methods to their search strategy

Apply the criteria for selecting studies

Assessing the quality of studies

Understand the principles of extracting and synthesising findings from a QES.

Understand the application of Grade CERQual to QES findings. 

Teaching strategies
The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations, led by members of the ESI teaching faculty covering each of the stages of developing a QES, small group activities based around worked examples and exercises and plenary discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to discuss and develop their understanding of the QES process. Participants’ will also be provided with a short reading list in advance of the workshop. 
Dr Linda Biesty, Lecturer in Midwifery, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway.Dr Pauline Meskell, Senior Lecturer in Nursing & Health Research, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Limerick.Dr Maura Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway.Dr Catherine Houghton, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway.