GRADE-CERQual


Questions on how to apply the GRADE-CERQual approach?

The GRADE-CERQual coordinating team will host two webinars for those of you who are (planning on) applying the GRADE-CERQual approach and have specific questions related to its use. Please register here for one of the following dates:

21 June 201615.00 CET (09.00 EST)


The GRADE-CERQual Approach

 The CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research) Approach provides a transparent method for assessing the confidence of evidence from reviews of qualitative research, and indicating this confidence to end users, such as guideline panels or decision makers. CERQual uses a similar approach conceptually to other GRADE tools, but is intended for findings from systematic reviews of qualitative evidence.
The development of CERQual is being taken forward through the GRADE-CERQual Project Group, a subgroup of the GRADE Working Group. A coordinating group has been driving the development of CERQual since 2010. Currently the coordinating group includes:
Meghan Bohren  Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO Geneva. Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Andrew Booth University of Sheffield, UK and Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group
 Benedicte Carlsen  Uni Research Rokkan Centre, Bergen, Norway
Chris Colvin Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
 Ruth Garside European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter, UK; and Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group
 Claire Glenton  Global Health Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; and Cochrane Norway
 Simon Lewin Global Health Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa
 Heather Munthe-Kaas  Social Welfare Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
 Jane Noyes  School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, UK; the Cochrane Methods Application and Review Standards (MARS) Working Group; and Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group
 Arash Rashidian  Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences; Department of Information, Evidence and Research, Eastern Mediterranean Region, World Health Organization
Özge Tuncalp Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO Geneva
Megan Wainwright Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa


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This subgroup is coordinated by Claire Glenton, Simon Lewin and Heather Menzies Munthe-Kaas.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support received from the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, the Human Reproduction Programme (HRP), and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
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