Meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence

The use of qualitative methods in psychology research has grown enormously in recent decades. This has prompted a need to develop ways of systematically reviewing and synthesizing qualitative research for it to be included in guidelines for evidence based health care.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


This interactive workshop provides a thorough grounding in the stages of reviewing, appraising and synthesizing qualitative evidence within an evidence based health care framework. Participants will be able to work through the stages with worked examples in group exercises.

Pre-course work:
Reading will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Target audience:

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning about meta-synthesis of qualitative research for the purposes of systematically reviewing a diverse evidence base.

Learning outcomes and objectives

At the end of the day, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the basis of the hierarchy of evidence and where qualitative research fits within that.
  • Be able to construct a search strategy and use the qualitative methodology filter.
  • Have access to and use the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme criteria for appraising the quality of qualitative research.
  • Understand the differences between integrative/aggretative and interpretative synthesis techniques.
  • Understand and have had a practice at doing the secondary analysis involved in a qualitative meta-synthesis.

Facilitator: Dr Rachel Shaw CPsychol

Dr Rachel Shaw is a Health Psychologist (registered with the HCPC) and internationally renowned qualitative researcher. She is a Senior Lecturer at Aston University where she is programme director of the MSc Health Psychology. Her research focuses on illness experiences but also the relationships between practitioners and patients within those illness experiences and their experiences of care or services received. Rachel has expertise in the systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence with a number of articles and a recent book chapter on this topic (Harper & Thompson’s edited text, Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy; Wiley, 2011). You may also know Rachel for her workshops on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, her phenomenological research and her work on reflexivity.

Booking information


  • Non-Society members: £142 (£118.33 + VAT)
  • Society members: £111(£92.50 + VAT)
  • DHP members: £80 (£66.67 +VAT)
  • DECP members: £80 (£66.67 + VAT)
  • QMiP members: £80 (£66.67 + VAT)

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

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Fri, 01/03/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314
EFax: +44 (0)116 290 1886

Division of Health Psychology, Division of Educational and Child Psychology, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section & BPS Learning Centre