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Synthesising the evidence

Guidance for preparing Cochrane reviews in occupational safety and health (relevant to other reviews of complex interventions)




Novel meta-analytical approaches in systematic reviews of complex knowledge translation interventions









Verbeek J, Ruotsalainen J, Hoving JL. Synthesizing study results in a systematic review.  Scand J Work Environ Health 2012; 38(3):282-290 doi:10.5271/sjweh.3201




Ivers N, Tricco AC, Trikalinos TA, Dahabreh IJ, Danko KJ, Moher D, Straus SE, Lavis J, Yu CH, Shojania K, Manns B, Tonelli M, Ramsay T, Edwards A, Sargious P, Paprica A, Hillmer M, Grimshaw JM.  Seeing the forests and the trees--innovative approaches to exploring heterogeneity in systematic reviews of complex interventions to enhance health system decision-making: a protocol.  Systematic Reviews 2014, 3:88 doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-88



Methods for synthesising qualitative findings

Framework synthesis






Best fit framework synthesis

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Carroll C, Booth A, Cooper K.  A worked example of “best fit” framework synthesis: A systematic review of views concerning the taking of some potential chemopreventive agents. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011, 11:29.


Carroll C, Booth A, Leaviss J, Rick J. “Best fit” framework synthesis: refining the method. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013, 13:37



Framework for narrative synthesis

Popay J, Roberts H, Sowden A, Petticrew M, Arai L, Rodgers M, Britten N, with Roen K and Duffy S. Guidance on the conduct of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews.  ESRC methods programme version 1: April 2006. Available from http://www.lancs.ac.uk/shm/research/nssr/research/dissemination/publications.php


Rogers M, Arai L, Britten N, Petticrew M, Popay J, Roberrts H, Sowden A.  Guidance on the conduct of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews: a comparison of guidance-led narrative synthesis versus meta-analysis. CRD, York University.  Available from http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/Posters/Guidance%20on%20the%20conduct%20of%20narrative%20synthesis%20in%20systematic%20review.pdf

Rodgers M, Sowden A, Petticrew M, Arai L, Roberts h, Britten N, Popay J.  Testing methodological guidance on the conduct of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews: Effectiveness of interventions to promote smoke alarm ownership and function.  Evaluation 2009 15(1) 047-071


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