Qualitative Research Synthesis: KTDRR's Web-based Workshop Series

Research evidence in the field of Disability and Rehabilitation (D&R) research often includes studies that follow a variety of qualitative research paradigms. Such evidence is difficult to summarize using traditional systematic research review procedures. The goal of this series of online webinars is to introduce D&R researchers to the methodology of qualitative evidence reviews. Participants will be provided a state-of-the-art overview on current approaches and will learn to apply those to the literature base.

Session 1

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Introduction to reviewing and synthesizing qualitative evidence
Presenter: Karin Hannes
Date: Feb. 18, 2015


Session 2

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Methods for a qualitative systematic review
Presenter: Michael A. Saini
Date: Mar. 04, 2015


Session 3

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Methods for synthesizing qualitative evidence
Presenter: Ruth Garside
Date: Mar. 18, 2015


Selected References and Resources


Barnett-Page, E., & Thomas, J. (2009). Methods for the synthesis of qualitative research: A critical review. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 9, 1-11.

Carroll, C., & Booth, A. (2014). Quality assessment of qualitative evidence for systematic review and synthesis: Is it meaningful, and if so, how should it be performed? Research Synthesis Methods, Early View 2 OCT 2014. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.1128

Dixon-Woods, M., Bonas, S., Jones, D. R., Miller, T., Sutton, A. J., Shaw, R. L., et al. (2006). How can systematic reviews incorporate qualitative research? A critical perspective. Qualitative Research, 6, 27-44.

Gülmezoglu, A. M., Chandler, J., Shepperd, S.  & Pantoja, T.(2013). Reviews of qualitative evidence: a new milestone for Cochrane. Available: https://ktdrr.org/training/workshops/qual/index.html

Jones, M. L. (2004). Application of systematic review methods to qualitative research: practical issues. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 48, 271-8. Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15488041

Kavanagh, J., Campbell, F., Harden, A., & Thomas, J. (2012). Mixed methods synthesis: A worked example. In K. Hannes & C. Lockwood (Eds.), Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Choosing the right approach (pp. 113-136).

Paterson, B. L. (2012). “It looks great but how do I know if it fits?”: An introduction to meta-synthesis research. In K. Hannes & C. Lockwood (Eds.), Synthesizing qualitative research: Choosing the right approach (pp.1-20).

Saini, M., & Schlonsky, A. (2012). Systematic synthesis of qualitative research - Pocket guides to social work research methods series. NY: Oxford University Press.

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