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CerQual approach: Assessing how much certainty to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses

Date
Sunday 22 September 2013 - 17:15 - 18:30

Location: 

Adelaide (302 B)
Contact person

Contact person

Simon Lewin
Claire Glenton
Jane Noyes
Maggie Hendry
Arash Rashidian
Meeting details

Intended audience

People with an interest in methods for assessing how much certainty to place in evidence from qualitative evidence syntheses

Closed or open meeting

Open
Description

Description

This meeting will discuss a new method – referred to as the CerQual (certainty of the qualitative evidence) approach – to assessing how much certainty or confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses. CerQual is being developed in collaboration with the GRADE Working Group, and is similar to GRADE in that both approaches aim to assess the certainty of the evidence. While GRADE is designed to assess the certainty of evidence regarding the effectiveness of an intervention, CerQual provides an approach that may be used for findings derived from syntheses of qualitative evidence. The meeting will be introduced through short (5 minute) inputs on the following topics: (1) Why do we need to assess how much certainty to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses?; (2) Assessing certainty findings from qualitative evidence syntheses – the CerQual approach; (3) Worked example of applying the CerQual approach to findings from a qualitative evidence synthesis. These inputs will be followed by discussion on the CerQual approach and how it can be applied within the Cochrane context.