Symposium 2019 Workshops Day 2 9.30am-11.00am

Day 2 Workshops Friday 22nd March 9.30-11.00am

Workshop 5:  PICO annotation

Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre


The PICO Annotation work forms part of the wider Linked Data Project. The PICO model is composed of four potential components which form the basis of a clinical question namely; Patient, Population or Problem; Intervention, Comparison and Outcome. The Cochrane Ontology was built on the foundations of the PICO model and is being used to annotate Cochrane Reviews and their included studies, this metadata combined with the development of the PICO Search, will support the open production, publication, dissemination and usability of Cochrane content. 

Learning objectives 

The workshop will review the current issues and planned developments with the PICO Annotation Toolkit; a review of the developments with the PICO Search project as well as questions and discussions on issues with the Cochrane Ontology and the annotation process.

This workshop is aimed at Cochrane Information Specialists who are experienced in the PICO annotation of Cochrane Reviews.


Anna Last

Workshop 6:  Introduction to RevMan Web

Lecture Theatre 05


RevMan Web is the first major redesign of the RevMan software since 2008 and is available at   As part of Cochranes review ecosystem, RevMan Web will help streamline the production of systematic reviews of interventions in healthcare, indirectly benefiting all healthcare consumers.  This workshop offers the opportunity to learn firsthand how to use RevMan Web to prepare an intervention review. Participants will be guided through hands-on exercises to demonstrate the systematic review writing process using RevMan Web. We will cover the future development roadmap of RevMan Web and how both versions of RevMan will operate within the Cochrane review ecosystem and complement each other for the foreseeable future. Finally, we will discuss the role of Cochrane editors in the roll-out and future development of RevMan Web.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn first-hand how to use RevMan Web to write and edit an intervention review
  • Participants will learn whats new in RevMan Web compared to RevMan 5
  • Participants will learn about the future of RevMan Web through its development roadmap and how they can affect it
  • Participants will discuss the role of Cochrane editors in the roll-out and development of RevMan Web 

The workshop is designed for Cochrane editors and trainers familiar with RevMan 5, but with little or no previous experience with RevMan Web

Note: Participants should bring their own laptop to participate in the hands-on session or will be able to share with other participants.


Rebecka Hall

Workshop 7:  'Am I bovvered?' The growing pains of qualitative synthesis

Seminar Room A


Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES) has been evolving in the health care research arena for over a decade now. QES is being used effectively to systematically and rigorously synthesize qualitative findings to inform policy and practice. As QES has made a challenging transition to adolescence it has witnessed significant developments in both methodology and methods. Recent guidance from the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group (2017) outlines clearer direction on QES methods that are compatible with Cochrane Review processes. 

This workshop is designed for those curious about QES and where this methodology fits within the world of Cochrane reviews. We will explore the guidance offered by the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group while also delving into broader perspectives on qualitative synthesis.   Drawing on practical experience we will walk through the three stages of Searching & Sampling; Quality Assessment; Data Synthesis and meander into some challenges of QES methodology and methods.

Learning Objectives 

  • To provide an overview of QES methodology and methods and how they can be effectively used within Cochrane reviews
  • To provide participants with worked examples of QES approaches
  • To facilitate small group work in which participants will consider aspects of searching and sampling, quality assessment, and data synthesis
  • To consider challenges in QES and possible strategies by which to overcome obstacles

The workshop is aimed Researchers/clinicians/academics/students who require an introduction to methods for conducting qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) reviews in health care, and professionals who need to develop the ability to interpret and asses the quality of QES reviews. 


0-30 mins:    Overview of QES and methods of qualitative synthesis

30-60 mins:  Facilitated small group work in which participants will be given examples of QES using a variety of approaches and focusing on aspects of searching and sampling, quality assessment, and data synthesis

60-90 mins:  Consideration of challenges that may be encountered. Problem-solving scenarios and discussion on factors that may need to be considered with practical tips drawing on facilitators’ experience


Andrew Booth, Linda Biesty and Pauline Meskell

Andrew Booth

Andrew has been a systematic review methodologist at ScHARR since 1994 having previously worked in health information roles for the NHS, the Medical Research Council and the King´s Fund. Andrew is a Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group (CQIMG) and is an Associate Editor for Research Synthesis Methods. Andrew has co-authored recent guidance for the CQIMG and for the GRADE-CERQual core team. Andrew coordinates the annual three-day Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) course at the University of Sheffield. Along with colleagues at ScHARR, he is currently working on the 3rd edition of Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (London: Sage).

Linda Biesty

Linda's research is largely within the field of pregnancy, childbirth and maternity care including ethnographic exploration of the culture of birth and systematic reviews of maternity care interventions. Linda is an Early Career Investigator with experience in both leading and participating in evidence synthesis work. She is the lead author on two Cochrane Systematic Reviews and a member of four other teams undertaking systematic reviews within the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Review Group and the Methodology Review Group. Her qualitative evidence synthesis portfolio lies with the team advancing the synthesis on recruitment to trials in healthcare and the recruitment of pregnant women to trails specifically within the maternity care setting. Linda currently supports students at MSc and PhD level undertaking the synthesis of qualitative research. Her initial training in qualitative evidence synthesis was facilitated by Professor Terese Bondas and Professor Barbara Paterson, pioneers in advancing the method. Linda is co-lead of the QES strand within Evidence Synthesis Ireland. 

Pauline Meskell

Pauline's research interests lie in the areas of self-management of chronic diseases including renal disease, Ageing, Dementia, outcome measurement, and Evidence Synthesis. Pauline has particular methodological expertise around quantitative and qualitative evidence synthesis, conventional and policy Delphi, instrument development, and outcome measurement. Pauline is the lead of the Supportive & Palliative Care research cluster and the Early Career Researchers Forum in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the University of Limerick. Her current research projects include the use of sensory cueing systems in the management of Freezing of Gait (FOG) in Parkinson’s Disease,  exploring the experiences of patients transitioning onto dialysis, development of a communication tool to facilitate patient transfer from long-stay care to acute care and exploring the factors that influence recruitment to clinical trials.  Pauline is currently involved in a number of both Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses. Pauline is co-lead of the QES strand within Evidence Synthesis Ireland. 

    Workshop 8:  Overviews of reviews: What's the point? (or how can overviews have a beneficial impact on clinical practice?)

    Founders Room


    Overviews (i.e. reviews of multiple systematic reviews) comprise a relatively novel methodology to systematically synthesize research findings. Overviews have the potential to play a key role in knowledge translation and therefore to be useful in supporting evidence-based clinical practice.  While overviews may aim for a beneficial impact on clinical practice, the potential pathway to impact has so far not been mapped.

    The aims of this workshop are to:

    • provide a brief introduction to what an overview is and provide some examples of Cochrane overviews
    • reflect on the purpose/aims of overviews, and how they may impact on clinical practice
    • introduce different types of impact (academic/societal/ economic)
    • consider a proposed model of a pathway to impact of overviews

    Learning objectives 

    At the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • explain the differences between a Cochrane overview and a Cochrane systematic review
    • explain the concept of 'impact', and differentiate between different types of impact
    • identify potential pathways to impact and discuss how the impact from Cochrane overviews may be optimized


    Alex Pollock and Frederike van Wijck