Combining the power of numbers and the power of stories: A wikitoolkit for designing, conducting and reporting mixed studies reviews

Date: February 12, 2013
Times: 13h00 to 14h15 Eastern Time (Montréal)
Presenter: Pierre Pluye & Quan Nha Hong
Traditionally, systematic reviews were predominantly concerned with effectiveness/efficacy questions and used quantitative studies, mainly randomized controlled trials. While these reviews can help to answer the question “What works for whom?”, other important questions remain unanswered such as “Why does it work?” and “How does it work?”. These questions can be addressed using another type of review: mixed studies reviews. In this webinar, we will present what is mixed studies review, and provide some resources to design, conduct and report such reviews.
Pierre Pluye, MD, PhD, is FRQS Senior Research Scholar and Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has expertise in mixed methods studies and mixed studies reviews, and developed a toolkit for designing, conducting and reporting systematic mixed studies reviews (, including the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool ( He studies participatory research with organizations, and the health outcomes associated with the use of information derived from electronic knowledge resources. He has co-developed the Information Assessment Method for Clinicians that is used by more than 10,000 Canadian pharmacists and physicians He has also developed the Information Assessment Method for online health information consumers (including primary health care patients).
Quan Nha Hong is an occupational therapist. She has a research training in clinical sciences (M.Sc., Université de Sherbrooke) and in health technology assessment (M.Sc., Université de Montréal). She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Pluye. She holds a doctoral fellowship from CIHR. She is interested in mixed studies reviews, knowledge synthesis methods and critical appraisal. Her doctoral research project is on the validation of the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool (MMAT).