Qualitative Research to Optimise Design and Conduct of Randomised Trials

Course dates

This course runs bi-annually and is next expected to run in 2018-19.

Course duration

1 day (approximately 6 hours teaching).

Course tutors

Dr Ali HeawoodDr Nicola Mills (course organisers). 

Course aims and objectives

The 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. It 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.

By the end of the course participants should:

  • appreciate how qualitative research can be used to address particular randomised trial design and conduct issues (especially in pragmatic trials of complex interventions);
  • be aware how qualitative research can be integrated at various stages of the trial process;
  • be able to describe the range of qualitative methods that can be used within a trial;
  • 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, who are interested in how qualitative methods can optimise the design and conduct of a trial.
  2. Qualitative researchers who wish to apply their skills to optimise the design and conduct of randomised trials.

Course outline

Areas to be covered during the course include:

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

Booking

Bookings for this course have now closed.

This course runs bi-annually. We anticipate that it will run again in our 2018/19 programme. We regret that bookings cannot be taken in advance.

This was very good course - well planned and structured - with experienced and knowledgable presenters.

Course feedback, March 2017

Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol
BS8 2PS
United Kingdom

Map and directions

Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 

Accommodation

Information about accommodation in the area.

Contacts

For further information please email short-course@bristol.ac.uk.

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