Andrew Booth BA (Reading), Dip Lib (Aberystwyth) MSc (Wales) MCLIP PhD (Sheffield) 

Andrew Booth

Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information

Information Resources Group, HEDS, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

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I joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) here at the University of Sheffield in 1994 and for almost 15 years I was responsible for management of the Information Resources (IR) Section (1994-2008). My previous roles in the field of health information had spanned almost 35 years working in a variety of health library and information units in the NHS, the Medical Research Council and at the King's Fund, London.

A systematic review methodologist since 1995, I teach on the Masters in Public Health, the Masters in Public Health (Online) and the MSc in Health Informatics (within the Department of Information Studies). I am a co-convenor for the international Cochrane Collaboration Qualitative & Implementation Research Methods Group. I am a founder member of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group and a member of the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Group and the Cochrane Trainers' Network. I am also a member of the HTA-i Information Specialists' Group and an associate member of the InterTASC Information Specialists' Group. Along with colleagues at ScHARR I hosted the first ever conference in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice in 2001 and since then I have been a leading international figure within this paradigm.

I currently occupy an academic role that combines my interests in the evidence base for information science with supporting the evidence based practice of others, mainly health professionals, through critical appraisal and systematic reviews. At the same time I occupy an executive function within ScHARR as Director of Information (Research Outputs). In July 2011 I was awarded the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize by the CILIP Health Libraries Group in recognition of "an outstanding contribution to health librarianship"

Research interests

My research interests focus on all methods of systematic review,  evidence synthesis, evidence based practice, and knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in systematic review topics from developing countries, particularly from Sub-Saharan Africa, and in public health topics such as alcohol and HIV/AIDS. I have published with students in topics such as medication adherence, social marketing,  disaster management and evidence based management. My current research students are working in knowledge management in acute hospitals and use of NICE guidance in Social care.  I have been involved in development of a wide range of tools for dissemination, both web based and as online briefings. In 2013 I was one of the first to achieve the University of Sheffield's PhD by Publications with my thesis entitled Acknowledging a Dual Heritage for Qualitative Evidence Synthesis: Harnessing the Qualitative Research and Systematic Review Research Traditions. My most recent interests centre on multiple types of review, including rapid reviews, mapping reviews and scoping reviews. 

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal, Evidence Based Healthcare Information, Public Health Informatics and Use of Secondary Data Sources. I have a keen interest in e-learning and developed the Facilitated Online Learning Interactive Opportunity (FOLIO) programmes for the National Health Service and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). I co-ordinate the Annual Short Course Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) and also teach on ScHARR's recently-designed short course on Rapid Reviews and its longstanding course on Introduction to Systematic Reviews.

I am interested in supervising Research Students in topics/areas such as systematic review methodology, qualitative evidence synthesis (including meta-ethnography, realist synthesis and meta-narrative approaches), and implementation and dissemination research. I am particularly interested in qualitative systematic reviews in topics of importance to lower and middle income countries (LMICs).

Professional Activities

I am an active member of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Health Libraries Group and serve on the Editorial Board for the Group's journal, Health Information & Libraries Journal. I am an Associate Editor for both the premium systematic review methodology journals, Systematic Reviews and Research Synthesis Methods. I am also on the Editorial Boards of Implementation Science and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

Current Projects

  • In June 2016 the Second Edition of Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (edited by me with Anthea Sutton and Diana Papaioannou) was published by Sage Publishers.  
  • HS&DR Project: 15/137/01 - Developing a framework for a novel multi-disciplinary, multi-agency intervention(s), to improve medication management in older people on complex medication regimens resident in the community. Maidment I, Booth A, Wong G.
  • June 2016 – September 2016. Wellcome. Diversity & Inclusion in Health Services Research (Including Evaluation of Metrics). Willsdon J (PI), Salway, S, Booth A, Preston L, Chambers D et al. Approx £ 45,000
  • June 2016 – May 2017 National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR) 15/77/15 An evidence synthesis of the international knowledge base for new care models to inform and mobilise knowledge for Multispecialty Community Providers (MCPs). Turner A (CI), Booth A and Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. Approx £ 150,000
  • May 2016-April 2017. National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR). Understand new models of care in local contexts. Baxter S (CI), Booth A, Chambers D, Goyder E, Johnson M. Approx £ 150,000
  • September 2015 – February 2017. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Project 14/26/08. Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): primary care intervention. Leaviss J (CI), Parry G, Stevenson M, Booth A, Scope A, Davis S, Ren S, Sutton A, White P, Moss-Morris R, Buszewicz M . £ 200,008
  • July 2015-June 2016. Oxfam. Systematic review of evidence to determine effectiveness of interventions to address severe acute malnutrition in children under age five years in humanitarian/relief emergency context, Akparibo R (Lead PI), Lee A (Co-PI), Booth, A, Harris J, Holdsworth M and Woods HB. £ 46,006
  • February 2015- February 2016. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Harmful sexual behaviour in children: Evidence for identifying and helping children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. CPH HSP ER (Two Evidence Reviews) Campbell F (PI), Stepanova E, Hackett S, Booth A, Sutton A, Hynes K. £ 105,000
  • March 2014- September 2017. National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR) 13/05/12. HS&DR evidence synthesis centre. Goyder E, Baxter, S, Blank L, Booth A, Cantrell A, Nicholl J, Turner J, Johnson M & Preston L. £ 499,451
  • Turner J, Nicholl J, Goodacre S, Booth A, Brazier J, Campbell M, O’Cathain A, Coster J, Wilson R, Irving A, Siriwardena N, Gray J, Phung V-H, Walker A, Shewan J, Snooks H, Lyons R, Meechan D, Heard H. PhOEBE – Pre-hospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation. NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.


  • Booth A, Sutton A & Papaioannou D (2016) Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. London: Sage. View this article in WRRO
  • Booth A, Papaioannou D & Sutton A (2012) Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Sage Publications Limited. View this article in WRRO
  • Booth A & Brice A (2004) Evidence-based practice for information professionals: a handbook. Facet Publishing. View this article in WRRO
  • Walton G & Booth A (2004) Exploiting Knowledge in Health Services. Facet Publishing.
  • Booth A & Walton G (2000) Managing knowledge in health services.

Journal articles


  • Booth A (2017) Finding the Evidence In Hoffman T, Bennett S & Del Mar C (Ed.), Evidence-Based Practice Across the Health Professions (pp. 41-63). New York: Elsevier.
  • Booth A (2017) Qualitative Evidence Synthesis. In Facey K, Ploug Hansen H & Single A (Ed.), Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment (pp. 187-199). Singapore: Springer.
  • Booth A (2016) "Metrics of the trade": where have we come from? In Tattersall A (Ed.), Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics (pp. 21-48). London: Facet Publishing.
  • Willett P & Sen BA (2012) Research, British Librarianship and Information Work 2006-2010 (pp. 338-359). Lulu View this article in WRRO
  • Booth A (2012) Evidence based practice, Handbook of Library Training Practice and Development: Volume Three (pp. 335-356).
  • Rees A, Beecroft CA & Booth A (2010) Critical Appraisal of the Evidence In Gerrish K & Lacey A (Ed.), The Research Process in Nursing (pp. 79-92). Wiley-Blackwell
  • Beecroft CA, Booth A & Rees A (2010) Finding the Evidence In Gerrish K & Lacey A (Ed.), The Research Process in Nursing (pp. 65-78). Wiley-Blackwell
  • Booth A, Rees A & Beecroft CA (2010) Systematic Reviews and Evidence Syntheses In Gerrish K & Lacey A (Ed.), The Research Process in Nursing (pp. 284-302). Wiley-Blackwell
  • Booth A & Brice A (2004) Appraising the evidence
  • Booth A & Brice A (2004) Why evidence based information practice
  • Booth A (2004) Evaluating your performance
  • Booth A (2004) Formulating answerable questions
  • Booth A (1995) Planning for health: the intelligence function In Carmel M (Ed.), Health Care Librarianship & Information Work (pp. 42-58). London: Library Association.

Conference proceedings papers

  • Chambers D, Booth A, Baxter S, Johnson M & Goyder E (2016) Limitations of Internet searching for understanding the commissioning and delivery of health services: findings from a systematic review of diagnostic ultrasound services. J Epidemiol Community Health, Vol. 70(Suppl 1) (pp A96-A96), 14 September 2016 - 16 September 2016. View this article in WRRO
  • Duncan R, Jones G, Essat M, Poku E, Phillips P, Woods H, Booth A, Palfreyman S & Michaels J (2015) Selecting patient reported outcome measures for patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): integrating systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis methods. Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24 (pp 77-77), 21 October 2015 - 24 October 2015. View this article in WRRO
  • Morrell J, Sutcliffe P, Stevenson M, Stevens J, Booth A, Scope A, Bessey A, Dennis C-L, Cantrell A, Barkham M, Churchill D, Henshaw C, Newstead J, Slade P, Spiby H & Stewart-Brown S (2015) Prevention of postnatal depression: a meta-analysis of interventions to prevent postnatal depression. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, Vol. 33(3) (pp E3-E4)
  • Phung V-H, Booth A, Coster J, Turner J, Wilson R & Niroshan Siriwardena A (2015) PREHOSPITAL OUTCOMES FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE CARE: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol. 32(5) (pp e10.2-e10)
  • Brice A, Booth A & Bexon N (2005) Evidence Based Librarianship: A case study in the social sciences. World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA
  • Booth A (2001) Cochrane or cock-eyed? how should we conduct systematic reviews of qualitative research?. Proceedings of the Qualitative Evidence-based
  • Booth A (2000) Librarian heal thyself’: Evidence Based Librarianship, useful,. Proceedings of the 8 th International Congress on
  • Booth A (2000) Exceeding expectation: achieving professional excellence by getting . LIANZA 2000 Conference
  • Ford N, Booth A, Miller D, Turnock E, Ralph J & O'Rourke A (1997) Towards the evidence-based electronic library. ELECTRONIC LIBRARY AND VISUAL INFORMATION RESEARCH - ELVIRA 4 (pp 229-236)
  • Ford N, Booth A, Miller D, Turnock E, Ralph J & O Rourke A (1997) Towards the evidence-based electronic library. Proceedings of the Fourth Electronic Library and Visual Information Research Conference (pp 229-236)
  • Goyder EC & Croot E () Promoting Health Literacy through Community Based Peer Support: A Participatory Realist Review.



  • Duncan , jones , Essat , poku , phillips P, Woods H, booth A, palfreyman S, Kaltenthaler & Michaels (2015) Selecting patient reported outcome measures for patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Integrating systematic and qualitative review methods. International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL).

Working papers

  • Chambers D, Preston L, Topakas A, de Saille S, Salway S, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon J () Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. View this article in WRRO

Book reviews

  • Booth A (2001) Book Review. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 18(4), 243-243.