Mixed methods research & mixed studies reviews in health and social sciences: 2 days training

Mixed methods research & mixed studies reviews in health and social sciences: 2 days training


This 2-day intensive course is intended for doctoral students, research professionals, and researchers with training or experience in epidemiology/statistics AND in qualitative research.

The number of participants is limited to 20.

The courses are conducted in English.


26 june 2018 08:30-12:30 & 13:30 -17:30            

27 june 2018 08:30-12:30 & 13:30 -17:30            


CHF  600                                                                                                            


The decision-making processes at each level of the health system must be based on the best available research results with the input of clinicians, managers, patient partners, policy-makers and researchers. Given the complexity of the health services and health, these results come from research using several types of methods such as qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods (combining qualitative and quantitative methods). It is therefore important to know how to plan, conduct and report mixed studies reviews (including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies) and mixed methods research.


After attending this 2-day training, participants will be able to:

  • Develop relevant questions for literature reviews and research studies using mixed methods,
  • Determine appropriate designs and synthesis/analysis strategies for this type of review/research,
  • Report the results of literature reviews and primary research studies using mixed methods,
  • Evaluate the methodological quality of reviews and studies using mixed methods.



- Introduction to mixed methods research

- Research questions and main designs

- Analysis strategies in mixed methods

- Mixed methods protocol or publication

- Evaluation of the quality of mixed methods

- Introduction to mixed studies reviews

- Review questions and specific issues

- Synthesis designs and practical strategies

- Mixed studies review protocol or publication

- Evaluation of the quality of mixed studies reviews



Creswell J, Plano Clark V. Designing and conducting mixed methods research. Sage; 2017.

Hong QN, Pluye P, Bujold M, & Wassef M (2017). Convergent and sequential synthesis designs: implications for conducting and reporting systematic reviews of qualitative and quantitative evidence. Systematic Reviews. 6:61. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-017-0454-2. Free full-text: http://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s1364...

Pluye P & Hong QN. Combining the power of stories and the power of numbers: Mixed methods research and mixed studies reviews. Annual Reviews of Public Health, 2014, 35, 29-45. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182440 ; Complimentary online access: 53TU53TUhttp://arjournals.annualreviews.org/eprint/qFxpDWrNzjzwjfkgtd4V/full/10....

Pluye P, Kaur N, Granikov V, Garcia Bengoechea E, & Tang D (invited paper, in press). Mixing phases, results and data in patient oriented research. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. A PDF copy will be emailed to participants before the training.


This training is based on active learning. Concerning the practical exercises, the participants will need a tablet or a laptop or at least a smart phone with a large screen size.


Pierre Pluye is MD, PhD, FRQS Senior Research Scholar, Full Professor (Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada), Director of Method Development (Quebec SPOR SUPPORT Unit), and Associate Member of the School of Information Studies (McGill). He obtained Investigator Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the ‘Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé’ (FRQS). In 2017, he has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and obtained the ‘Researcher of the Year Award’ of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has expertise in mixed methods research and complex literature reviews (mixed studies reviews including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies). His current CIHR-funded studies examine the clinicians’, managers’ and patients’ use of information derived from electronic knowledge resources such as newsletters.

Quan Nha Hong is an occupational therapist with research training in clinical sciences (M.Sc., Université de Sherbrooke) and health technology assessment and management (M.Sc., Université de Montréal). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Pluye. She holds a doctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (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), a critical appraisal tool for assessing the quality of studies included in mixed studies reviews.


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salle séminaire 7 BU21, CHUV (Lausane University Hospital), Lausanne, Switzerland