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12:30 - 13:45 19 July 2016

Feeling the earth move: insights on the “dual heritage” of qualitative evidence synthesis


G16 | Room G16
9-11 Endsleigh Gardens | London | London | WC1H 0ED | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

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Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice, University of Sheffield, I joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) here at the University of Sheffield in 1994 and for almost 15 years I was responsible for management of the Information Resources (IR) Section (1994-2008). My previous roles in the field of health information had spanned more than 25 years working in a variety of health library and information units in the NHS, the Medical Research Council and at the King's Fund, London. A systematic review methodologist since 1995, I teach on the Masters in Public Health and MSc in Health Informatics (within the Department of Information Studies). I am a co-covenor for the international Cochrane Collaboration Qualitative Research Methods Group. Along with colleagues at ScHARR I hosted the first e

This seminar will examine the respective contributions of primary qualitative research and quantitative systematic review methodology to current methodologies of qualitative synthesis. It will review recent thinking from a European Union methodological project (INTEGRATE-HTA) to examine issues relating to the choice of qualitative synthesis methodologies for particular types of review question. Instead of focusing on the epicentre of this clash of paradigms this presentation will survey the surrounding landscape.

As with any “dual heritage” this creative blend of two research cultures: qualitative and quantitative, can enrich our understanding of similarities and differences. In particular, it can offer potential solutions to outstanding methodological challenges, not only for qualitative evidence synthesis but also to include the integration of quantitative and qualitative data and the overall conduct of mixed methods reviews.


Ian Shemilt
+44 (0) 20 7612 6447 | i.shemilt@ucl.ac.uk


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