Qualitative Evidence Syntheses Within Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care: Developing a Template and Guidance

Claire Glenton, Simon Lewin, Soo Downe, Elizabeth Paulsen, Susan Munabi-Babigumira, Marit Johansen, Smisha Agarwal, Heather Ames, Sara Cooper, Karen Daniels, Catherine Houghton, Akram Karimi‐Shahanjarini (+6 others)
2021 International Journal of Qualitative Methods  
A growing number of researchers are preparing systematic reviews of qualitative evidence, often referred to as 'qualitative evidence syntheses'. Cochrane published its first qualitative evidence synthesis in 2013 and published 27 such syntheses and protocols by August 2020. Most of these syntheses have explored how people experience or value different health conditions, treatments and outcomes. Several have been used by guideline producers and others to identify the topics that matter to
more » ... consider the acceptability and feasibility of different healthcare options and identify implementation considerations, thereby complementing systematic reviews of intervention effectiveness.Guidance on how to conduct and report qualitative evidence syntheses exists. However, methods are evolving, and we still have more to learn about how to translate and integrate existing methodological guidance into practice. Cochrane's Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) ( www.epoc.org ) has been involved in many of Cochrane's qualitative evidence syntheses through the provision of editorial guidance and support and through co-authorship. In this article, we describe the development of a template and guidance for EPOC's qualitative evidence syntheses and reflect on this process.
doi:10.1177/16094069211041959 fatcat:yb34gpi5wzasbi76p4xnuzvypm