The GRADE-CERQual approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses


Workshop session 5: Thursday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

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


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Heather Munthe-Kaas
Simon Lewin
Jane Noyes


Glenton C1, Carlsen B2, Booth A3, Rashidian A4, Garside R5, Bohren M6, Tuncalp O6, Wainwright M7
1 Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
2 Uni Research Rokkan Centre, Norway
3 School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, UK
4 Information, Evidence and Research Department, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, WHO, Egypt
5 European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK
6 UNDP/UNFPA/ UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO, Switzerland
7 Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Target audience

Target audience: 

People working on qualitative evidence syntheses

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: Systematic reviews of qualitative studies (qualitative evidence syntheses) are increasingly used to bring together findings from qualitative studies. A number qualitative evidence syntheses are now published or under way. In order to use synthesised findings to inform decisions we need methods to assess how much confidence to place in these findings.

The objective of this workshop is to introduce the GRADE-CERQual approach to assess Confidence in Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research.

Description: The workshop will be facilitated by the GRADE-CERQual co-ordinating team. The workshop is intended for review authors who are using/planning to use GRADE-CERQual. Attendees should have some familiarity with qualitative research and evidence synthesis methods. This is not intended to be a basic training session.
1. Presentation:
- The GRADE-CERQual approach: rationale and introduction
- Using GRADE-CERQual to make an overall assessment of confidence in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses
- Introduction to GRADE-CERQual Summary of Qualitative Findings tables
2. Group discussion and/or practical exercises for each CERQual component:
(1) Assessing the methodological limitations of the individual studies contributing to a review finding
(2) Assessing the coherence of each review finding
(3) Assessing the relevance of studies contributing to a review finding
(4) Assessing the adequacy of data supporting each review finding
3. Feedback