PLEASE NOTE: Who should use the GRADE-CERQual approach?

CERQual is an interpretive approach which requires of the reviewers similar skills to conducting primary qualitative research. For this reason, those applying CERQual should have a background in primary qualitative research and ideally some experience with qualitative evidence syntheses.


To help users apply the CERQual approach we are developing a number of templates and guidance documents. If you would like to apply CERQual please contact us so that we can discuss making these draft resources available to you. At this stage we would like to keep track of who is using CERQual and how it is being used. To have access to these resources contact us.

Please contact us for further guidance on how the approach might be used in this context.

Keep posted for the upcoming Implementation Science series for guidance on how to apply the GRADE-CERQual approach

Examples of CERQual in published qualitative evidence syntheses

Munabi-Babigumira S, Glenton C, Lewin S, Fretheim A, Nabudere H. Factors that influence the provision of intrapartum and postnatal care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD011558. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011558.pub2. FULL TEXT

Ames HMR, Glenton C, Lewin S. Parents' and informal caregivers' views and experiences of communication about routine childhood vaccination: a synthesis of qualitative evidence. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD011787. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011787.pub2. FULL TEXT