Realist Reviews in Health Research

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Realist Reviews in Health Research

9th May 2019; 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 questions and challenges (afternoon sessions).
  • The workshop will be best suited to participants with limited knowledge of realist approaches, although  issues that are relevant to more advanced practitioners will also be covered.
  • The training will be led by Dr Geoff Wong, leading methodological specialist in realist methods (University of Oxford) and Dr Mila Petrova, who is currently conducting a realist review in palliative and end of life care (Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge).

For full details of the event including the provisional programme and booking details, please click here


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)

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