Realist Reviews and Syntheses: What are they and where do I start?
Andrew Booth is Professor in Evidence Synthesis at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. A systematic review methodologist since 1995, he teaches on the face to face and online Masters in Public Health modules on evidence synthesis and on numerous external short courses. He is leads author of the core text Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (3rd ed, Sage, 2021).He has served as a co-convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group since 2008. A founder member of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group he was awarded the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize in 2011 by the CILIP Health Libraries Group in recognition of "an outstanding contribution to health librarianship".
Realist reviews (also known as realist syntheses) have witnessed a dramatic and sustained rise in popularity since first being advanced in 2004. Methods for systematic reviews of effectiveness hold limited capacity to gather and analyse evidence on why and under what circumstances interventions are effective. Realist reviews address this challenge by presenting evidence from diverse sources, selected according to relevance and rigour, to explore how a complex intervention works, for whom and under what circumstances.
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