Overall confidence in the evidence
CERQual aims to transparently assess and describe how much confidence decision makers and other users can place in individual review findings from syntheses of qualitative evidence.
A CERQual assessment provides decision makers with the information they need to decide how much emphasis to give to a particular review finding.
Confidence in the evidence - an assessment of the extent to which the review finding is a reasonable representation of the phenomenon of interest.
The overall assessment of confidence is based on an assessment of the following four components:
Our assessment of confidence communicates the extent to which the research finding is likely to be substantially different from the phenomenon of interest. By substantially different, we mean different enough that it might change how the finding influences a practical or policy decision about health, social care, or other interventions.
Guidance for making an overall assessment of confidence