Qualitative Research to Optimise Design and Conduct of Randomised Trials

Provisional in-person short course

This course aims to illustrate how qualitative research can be used to optimise the design and conduct of randomised trials, particularly pragmatic trials of complex interventions.

Course date 12 July 2021
Course fee £220
Course Organisers Dr Marcus Jepson & Clare Clement

Introduction

This course will demonstrate how qualitative research can be used to address particular trial design and conduct issues, enhance understanding of how qualitative methods can be integrated at various stages of a trial, show how a range of qualitative methods can be used within trials, and facilitate greater confidence in including qualitative research in grant applications for randomised trials. It is not a course of how to do qualitative research but rather a course on how to appreciate its value within trials.

Course format

This course is planned to take place in-person, with a mix of presentations and small group work.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants should:
  1. Appreciate how qualitative research can be used to address particular randomised trial design and conduct issues (particularly in pragmatic trials of complex interventions).
  2. Be aware how qualitative research can be of value at various stages of the trial process.
  3. Realise the range of qualitative methods that can be used within a trial.
  4. Be better equipped to include qualitative research in grant applications for randomised trials.

Who the course is intended for

  1. Researchers and health professionals who have a reasonable knowledge of the process of conducting randomised trials within a health service context, and who are interested in how qualitative methods can optimise the design and conduct of a trial;
  2. Qualitative researchers who wish to consider how they could apply their skills to optimise the design and conduct of randomised trials.

Course outline

Areas to be covered during the course include:

  1. Using qualitative research to address particular randomised trial design and conduct issues.
  2. Integrating qualitative research at various stages of the development and running of a trial.
  3. How a range of qualitative methods can be used within a trial.
  4. Incorporating qualitative research in grant applications for randomised trials.

In-Person Course Bookings


Subject to developments with the coronavirus pandemic, we have tentative plans to run in-person courses towards the end of our 2020-21 programme. 

Bookings will provisionally open in Spring 2021. Join our mailing list to be notified when bookings open.

A really fantastic course - covered all the content you could want with some really knowledgeable speakers. I liked the variety of tasks and discussions throughout.

Course feedback, March 2017

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We may need to make responsive changes to our courses at short notice in order to follow the latest Public Health, Government and University guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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