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How to critically appraise qualitative research papers and prepare for data-extraction

Date and Location




Monday 23 September 2013 - 13:30 - 15:00


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Karin Hannes


Karin Hannes
Target audience

Target audience

review authors, editors, centre staff interested in guiding or conducting qualitative and mixed method syntheses

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants should be able to: 1. Select from a series of existing critical appraisal instruments for qualitative research 2. Assess the quality of a qualitative primary research paper using a checklist approach 3. Extract descriptive data from a qualitative primary research paper 4. Prepare and/or use a template for extracting findings from qualitative research papers Description: In this workshop we will present and discuss the features and criteria of commonly used critical appraisal instruments. Participants will then engage in a critical appraisal of a qualitative research paper, with a particular focus on the methods section. They will be offered a template against which to extract descriptive data from a research paper. Several options for data-extraction will be discussed and linked to particular approaches to synthesis. Participants will be faciltated to choose between these options or to develop their own template and initiate data-extraction for at least two qualitative research papers.