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Increased demand for evidence-based decision making in public health hasincreased the focus on literature syntheses. Traditional systematic reviews focus on cause and effect. They are criticized for providing insufficient details of how and why interventions work, not fully addressing complexity, and not including diverse evidence and stakeholder involvement (for example, practitioners and community stakeholders). Realist synthesis has gained popularity as a form of synthesis in response to these limitations, both in public health and implementation science. Realist syntheses move beyond “what works” to address how, for whom and in which context(s) interventions work.
In this session, Kara DeCorby and Charoula Tsamis will offer an overview of realist synthesis, its relevance and potential public health impact, and examine some key challenges.
Presenters: Kara DeCorby and Charoula Tsamis
Kara DeCorby is a senior product development advisor in the Health Promotion Capacity Building group at PHO, providing consultation around knowledge products and internal capacity building. Kara has over 10 years of experience in evidence-informed decision making and has undertaken several knowledge syntheses, including realist synthesis more recently.
Charoula Tsamis is the senior research facilitator at PHO, where she provides a range of research and ethics support services to PHO scientists and their teams. She has been involved in public health research for over 10 years in various capacities and has extensive experience in conducting knowledge syntheses for complex interventions, including realist synthesis.
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