Qualitative Research to Optimise Design and Conduct of Randomised Trials

Course dates

4 March 2019

Course duration

1 day (approximately 6 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9am on the first day, the course will finish by 5pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Nicola Mills and Ms Clare Clement (course organisers). Sessions will be delivered by social scientists who have extensive experience of conducting qualitative health research in the context of randomised trials.

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. It is not a course of how to do qualitative research but rather a course on how to appreciate its value within trials.

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.

Booking

This course is biennial, next expected to run in the 2020-21 short course programme.

Information on this page relates to the last run of the course and is for reference only. 

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

Course fee

£220

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Course venue

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

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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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