Monday, 11 August 2008

Andrew's big down under - but nothing a diet won't solve!

Andrew Booth, erstwhile director of Information Resources, is currently blazing a trail for Qualitative Systematic Review Methods at the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide.

Following a four-day Methodological summit, in a windowless room at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Andrew and colleagues from Australia, Norway, Belgium and London (via South Africa) presented the results of their travails at a two day Cochrane Oceania Qualitative Research Methods Group Workshop. Andrew delivered presentations on Literature Searching for Qualitative Research and Presenting Data followed by a half-day Workshop on Narrative Synthesis.

Following a tradition first instituted in Bergen in January this year Andrew and colleagues were drenched with pouring and unbelievably cold rain. Fortunately the skies cleared for a post -workshop trip to the Barossa Valley, famed wine-making region, where the Group visited five different Wineries. Although Andrew will be returning home with chutnies and other confectures, due to logistic difficulties transporting wine across a hemisphere, it is a good job that he will not be weighed by Customs as he managed to sample a good amount of the vinicultural produce. Hope his return proceeds without any more hiccups.

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