Applying GRADE-CERQual to qualitative evidence synthesis findings–paper 6: how to assess relevance of the data Public Deposited

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  • Tunςalp, Özge
    • Other Affiliation: European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
  • Bohren, Meghan A
    • Other Affiliation: UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Garside, Ruth
    • Other Affiliation: European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
  • Chandler, Jacqueline
    • Other Affiliation: Cochrane, Cochrane Central Executive, London, UK
  • Flottorp, Signe
    • Other Affiliation: Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  • Wainwright, Megan
    • Other Affiliation: Uni Research Rokkan Centre, Bergen, Norway
  • Munthe-Kaas, Heather
    • Other Affiliation: Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  • Lewin, Simon
    • Other Affiliation: Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway; Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tucker, Joseph
  • Glenton, Claire
    • Other Affiliation: Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  • Booth, Andrew
    • Other Affiliation: School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Carlsen, Benedicte
    • Other Affiliation: Uni Research Rokkan Centre, Bergen, Norway
  • Pantoja, Tomas
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Noyes, Jane
    • Other Affiliation: School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, UK
  • Colvin, Christopher J
    • Other Affiliation: Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Rashidian, Arash
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Information, Evidence and Research Department, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt
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  • Abstract Background The GRADE-CERQual (Confidence in Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research) approach has been developed by the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) Working Group. The approach has been developed to support the use of findings from qualitative evidence syntheses in decision-making, including guideline development and policy formulation. CERQual includes four components for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from reviews of qualitative research (also referred to as qualitative evidence syntheses): (1) methodological limitations, (2) coherence, (3) adequacy of data and (4) relevance. This paper is part of a series providing guidance on how to apply CERQual and focuses on CERQual’s relevance component. Methods We developed the relevance component by searching the literature for definitions, gathering feedback from relevant research communities and developing consensus through project group meetings. We tested the CERQual relevance component within several qualitative evidence syntheses before agreeing on the current definition and principles for application. Results When applying CERQual, we define relevance as the extent to which the body of data from the primary studies supporting a review finding is applicable to the context (perspective or population, phenomenon of interest, setting) specified in the review question. In this paper, we describe the relevance component and its rationale and offer guidance on how to assess relevance in the context of a review finding. This guidance outlines the information required to assess relevance, the steps that need to be taken to assess relevance and examples of relevance assessments. Conclusions This paper provides guidance for review authors and others on undertaking an assessment of relevance in the context of the CERQual approach. Assessing the relevance component requires consideration of potentially important contextual factors at an early stage in the review process. We expect the CERQual approach, and its individual components, to develop further as our experiences with the practical implementation of the approach increase.
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  • doi:10.1186/s13012-017-0693-6
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  • Implementation Science. 2018 Jan 25;13(Suppl 1):4
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