The latest CaHRU and LIH Improvement Science and Research Methods seminar was given on February 19th 2018 by Gregory Whitley, a PhD student working in CaHRU. Greg’s talk, entitled ‘Systematic Mixed Studies Reviews’, focused on the science behind reviewing and synthesizing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods papers together. Greg started his talk by describing what constitutes a systematic mixed studies review and the three main types of such reviews: segregated, integrated and contingent/sequential.
Greg also discussed some of the main challenges he encountered while doing his systematic mixed studies review of ‘predictors, barriers and facilitators to effective management of acute pain in children by ambulance services’ focusing particularly on the risk of bias tools he employed, as well as the synthesis and meta-integration of the extracted data. Finally, Greg finished his seminar by discussing the GRADE and CERQual approaches he used to assess risk of bias and grade the evidence of his systematic review.
The seminar was very well attended and received by staff and students from CaHRU, the LIH, other university departments and local health services and provided an excellent introduction to conducting systematic mixed studies reviews. We look forward to the next seminar given by Viet-Hai Phung on ‘Research involving seldom heard groups’ on 27 March, 11am at MB2601 Minerva building.
By Despina Laparidou