Literature on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES)


  • Glenton C, Lewin S, Downe S, et al. Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Qualitative Evidence Syntheses, Differences From Reviews of Intervention Effectiveness and Implications for Guidance. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. January 2022. doi:10.1177/16094069211061950 FULL TEXT


  • Glenton C, Lewin S, Downe S, et al. Qualitative Evidence Syntheses Within Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care: Developing a Template and Guidance. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. January 2021. doi:10.1177/16094069211041959 FULL TEXT


  • Biesty L, Meskell, P., Glenton, C. et al. A QuESt for speed: rapid qualitative evidence syntheses as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Systematic Reviews 9, 256 (2020). FULL TEXT
  • Tricco AC, Garritty CM, Boulos L, Lockwood C, Wilson M, McGowan J, McCaul M, Hutton B, Clement F, Mittmann N, Devane D, Langlois EV, Abou-Setta AM, Houghton C, Glenton C, Kelly SE, Welch VA, LeBlanc A, Wells GA, Pham B', Lewin S, Straus SE. Rapid review methods more challenging during COVID-19: Commentary with a focus on 8 knowledge synthesis steps. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (2020), doi: FULL TEXT


  • de Sousa, M.S.A., Wainwright, M., Soares, C.B. (2019). Qualitative evidence synthesis: an introductory guide/Sínteses de Evidências Qualitativas: guia introdutório. BIS. Boletim do Instituto de Saúde, 20(2), 7-22. FULL TEXT ENGLISH OR PORTUGUESE
  • Booth, Andrew & Noyes, Jane & Flemming, Kate & Moore, Graham & Tunçalp, Özge & Shakibazadeh, Elham. (2019). Formulating questions to explore complex interventions within qualitative evidence synthesis. BMJ Global Health. 4. e001107. 10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001107. FULL TEXT

2011 and earlier

  • Boeiji, R., va Wesel, F., Alisic, E. (2011). Making a difference towards a method for weighing the evidence in a qualitative synthesis. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 17, 657-663. 
  • Campbell R, Pound P, Morgan M, Daker-White G, Britten N, Pill R, et al. Evaluating meta-ethnography: systematic analysis and synthesis of qualitative research. Health Technol Assess 2011;15(43). JOGG. FULL TEXT
  • Dixon-Woods, M., Cavers, D., Agarwal, S., Annandale, E., Arthur, A., Harvey, J., Hsu, R., Katbamna, S, Olsen, R., Smith, L., Riley, R., Sutton, A,J. (2006). Conducting a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature on access to healthcare by vulnerable groups. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 6:35. FULL TEXT