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Methods for involving consumers in systematic reviews

Topic category Consumer issues and shared decision making
Date and Location
Date: 
Friday 21 October 2011 - 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Kristin Liabo (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Kristin
Last name: 
Liabo
Affiliation and Country: 
Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
First name: 
Sandy
Last name: 
Oliver
Affiliation and Country: 
Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
First name: 
Rebecca
Last name: 
Rees
Affiliation and Country: 
Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
First name: 
Ruth
Last name: 
Stewart
Affiliation and Country: 
Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Reviewers wanting to involve consumers in their reviews
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Training
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
To introduce participants to key aspects of consumer involvement.
To give participants specific ideas for how consumers can be involved in reviews.

Description:
Consumer involvement has long been a priority of the Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations, but many systematic reviewers are unsure how to.

At this workshop researchers will gain hands-on experience of consumer involvement. The workshop will start with a brief introduction, before splitting into groups. Each group will outline a protocol for a systematic review. The review title will be provided, and groups will specify the population, intervention and outcomes for this. Each group will use a different method for making decisions on the protocol. In this way, participants will be introduced to how views on systematic review protocols may be elicited through different methods.

The discussion will focus on these methods and how effective they are for facilitating consumer involvement, how participants experienced being part in a group and taking part in an exercise where they were asked to contribute based on personal rather than professional experience.

This is an updated version of the workshop delivered in Keystone, which was very well received, with one participant stating: “..excellent, will likely be the highlight of my week..”