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[Consumer Stream] Stakeholder/consumer engagement in systematic reviews

Date and Location




Sunday 22 September 2013 - 15:30 - 17:00


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Dwayne Van Eerd
Emma Irvin


Teresa Marin
Other contributors
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First name


Last name


Affiliation and Country

CIHR, Canada
Target audience

Target audience

review authors, consumers, and researchers

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: This workshop will present, for discussion, a stakeholder engagement model and process used in a variety of reviews. Key points for discussion include a comparison of the engagement model and Cochrane consumer involvement in reviews and how the engagement model may be adapted to the consumer process. Description: We will present a stakeholder engagement model and process as applied in over 25 reviews with over 100 stakeholders. The model depicts a number of engagement opportunities: topic selection, meetings for question and search refinement, inclusion of stakeholder in the review, and dissemination opportunities. The potential benefits to including stakeholders/consumers in the process of systematic reviews include increased quality, accessibility and dissemination/uptake of findings. A challenge is that stakeholder/consumer interactions can be time and resource intensive. Despite these challenges we consider stakeholder/consumer involvement a valuable part of conducting a systematic review and the dissemination of evidence. We propose to engage in a discussion with workshop participants about potential adaptations to the engagement process based on the collective experience present. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of a variety of stakeholder/consumer engagement opportunities and an enhanced appreciation of the benefits of this engagement in reviews.