Assessing confidence in qualitative evidence used in guidelines: Benefits and challenges when applying GRADE-CERQual


Workshop session 2: Wednesday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

  • Methods for conducting syntheses (including different evidence, searching and information retrieval, statistics, assessing methodological quality)


Date and Location


Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Judith Thornton
Beth Shaw
Simon Lewin
Heather Munthe-Kaas
Ӧzge Tunçalp


Glenton C1
1 Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
Target audience

Target audience: 

Intended for groups/individuals already using or considering use of GRADE-CERQual for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence synthesis, particularly relevant for guideline developers.

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



To explore the advantages and challenges of applying GRADE-CERQual;
To present experiences of applying GRADE-CERQual in guidelines;
To explore what further guidance is needed;
To collect feedback from users of GRADE-CERQual.

Description: To be presented by developers of the GRADE-CERQual approach and current users of GRADE-CERQual, including NICE and WHO and will be particularly relevant to guideline developers with some familiarity with qualitative evidence synthesis. A companion session at the Summit offers a fuller introduction to GRADE-CERQual.

Large group presentation: Description of experiences from NICE and WHO, including perceptions of review authors and guideline committees. Discussions will address advantages of applying GRADE-CERQual, acceptability, practicalities, obstacles and challenges, strategies for overcoming these - what have we learnt that might help other users and what we might do differently in future?

Small group discussions: Reflection on what issues might arise in participants’ settings – attendees may bring their own examples of guidelines. For example, do they have people who are skilled in qualitative research/qualitative evidence syntheses? How familiar are their committees with different types of research and with GRADE? Are chairs trained in application of GRADE-CERQual?

Feedback and closing remarks: Discussion of future plans for developing and using GRADE-CERQual and how feedback from this workshop will be used.