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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2039 — Two Approaches to Systematic Review of Shared Medical Appointments/Group Visits

Aron D, Cleveland VAMC, Diabetes QUERI and CIPRS; Kirsch S, Cleveland VAMC, Diabetes QUERI and CIPRS; Williams J, Durham VAMC, Durham ESP and COE; Edelman D, Durham VAMC, Durham ESP and COE; Mittman B, GLA-VAMC and CIPRS;

Workshop Objectives:
1. Introduce two approaches for reviewing/evaluating the literature – Systematic Review as practiced by the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program and Realist Evaluation, an increasingly popular approach to the review and synthesis of evidence, which focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which an intervention works (or not); 2. Compare the two approaches with specific attention to their strengths and weakness.

This 90-minute workshop will consist of: (a) two 25-minute presentations of the evidence synthesis presented by members of the Durham ESP and Cleveland CIPRS; (b) a 10-15-minute period for commentary from two perspectives, that of a researcher and that of a manager; (c) 25-30 minute period for open discussion.

Target Audience:
This workshop is aimed at researchers, clinicians and operations staff with interest in using evidence syntheses.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
No prior knowledge of evidence synthesis methodology is required, though open-mindedness preferred.

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