The TRANSFER framework to assess transferability of systematic review findings


Workshop session 4: Thursday, 11:00-12:30

Workshop category: 

  • Consumer and patient involvement in syntheses


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Heather Munthe-Kaas
Heid Nøkleby
Target audience

Target audience: 

Review authors, systematic review and qualitative synthesis methodologists

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Background: The TRANSFER Framework aims to help review authors: define the review scope/context of interest through structured dialogue with relevant decision makers; assess how well the context of included studies matches the review scope/context of interest, and; assess the transferability of review findings to a particular context of interest.

Objectives: To engage in dialogue and gather feedback on the TRANSFER Framework in order to refine the guidance for systematic review authors.

Description: Participants will apply the TRANSER Framework to an example and to give feedback on the framework as a method for assessing transferability of review findings. The starting point for the discussion will be a brief presentation of the framework and the history of its development. We will then invite participants to give feedback on the components of the framework using a worked example.

1. Introduction to the TRANSFER framework (10 mins)
2. Small group work using a worked example to discuss the comprehensiveness and usability of the TRANSFER framework and the presentation of TRANSFER assessments (50 mins)
3. Plenary (20 mins)
4. Next steps (10 mins)