Realist Reviews in Health Research

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Realist Reviews in Health Research

9 May 2019; Cambridge Institute of Public Health,Cambridge

Realist reviews, in the tradition of Pawson and Tilley, are growing in popularity in health research. They are a theory-led method of synthesising a broad variety of evidence and knowledge types. They place an emphasis on the programme mechanisms which bring about particular outcomes and the contexts which influence the functioning of those mechanisms, and, in turn, outcomes.

This one-day training will combine a lecture-style introduction to realist reviews (morning sessions) and a workshop-style discussion of specific questions and challenges which participants raise (afternoon sessions). The topics for the afternoon will be derived from a post-it exercise after the morning and can be prompted both by the contents of the introductory sessions and/or participants’ previous experience with realist reviews and evaluations.

The workshop will be best suited to participants with limited knowledge of realist approaches, although we will be covering issues that are relevant to more advanced practitioners too.

Dr Geoff Wong, one of the leading methodological specialists in realist methods (University of Oxford) will lead the training. Dr Mila Petrova, who is currently conducting a realist review in palliative and end of life care (Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge), will contribute to parts of the day.

The workshop is hosted by the Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Group, within the Primary Care Unit. It is an initiative of the Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG) of the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).

Participants who have difficulty meeting the cost of the event are encouraged to get in touch with the organisers to discuss a fee waiver. If you cancel up to 48 hours before the event, they will refund your payment.

Last day to register 7th May 2019

To find out more and links to register, please click here

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