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12:30 - 14:00 21 November 2017

Improving the conduct and reporting Of Narrative Synthesis of quantitative data


675 | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Hilary Thompson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

In many systematic reviews quantitative data are synthesised using Narrative Synthesis (NS). However, a key criticism of NS is that the method lacks transparency, and is open to subjective assessments of evidence: issues which are contrary to the underpinning principles of systematic review and which hinder assessment of rigour and potential bias in reviews using the method. Despite important methodological work to improve the reliability and utility of statistical synthesis, and synthesis of qualitative data, these methodological efforts appear to have largely overlooked NS of quantitative data.

In this seminar, findings from recent work examining the adequacy of reporting and conduct of narrative synthesis will be presented. These data were used to inform a two year project which developed resources to improve the implementation of NS of quantitative data.


Mark Newman
+44 20 7612 6575 | mark.newman@ucl.ac.uk


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