Dr Nicola Mills
B.Sc.(Sus.), Ph.D.(Bristol), MSc (LSHTM)
Senior Research FellowBristol Medical School (PHS)
I have specialist expertise in the application of qualitative research methods within randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to improve recruitment and informed consent. In recent years I have used qualitative methods to understand the barriers to recruitment, building these findings into flexible training packages to support staff who recruit patients to RCTs. I also use a range of qualitative methods more broadly to ascertain experiences and acceptability of healthcare interventions. I worked within the MRC ConDuCT-II (COllaboration and iNnovation in DifficUlt or complex randomised Controlled Trials In Invasive procedures) Hub for 10 years to develop methodological research in trial recruitment, and have been an active member of the University of Bristol Qualitative research integrated within Trials (QuinteT) team since its inception, developing research and training activities to improve the design and conduct of RCTs. I am the RCT recruitment training lead for the QuinteT group; co-lead for two Bristol Medical School short course - 'Optimising recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials' and ‘Qualitative Research to Optimise Design and Conduct of Randomised Trials’ and a former Associate Editor for Trials journal.
Advancing training for health professionals and trialist to optimise RCT recruitment and informed consent
Managing organisational unitBristol Medical School (PHS)
01/09/2018 to 30/06/2019
Protocol for a mixed-method study to inform the feasibility of undertaking a large-scale multicentre study comparing the clinical and patient-reported outcomes of oncoplastic breast conservation as an alternative to mastectomy with or without immediate breast reconstruction in women unsuitable for standard breast-conserving surgery (the ANTHEM Feasibility Study)
BMJ Global Health
Reporting Behaviour Change - Exploring the Role of Language in Influencing Clinical Outcomes: Theoretical and Conversation Analysis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) Interventions
- Conference abstract
A Randomised Feasibility Trial Comparing Needle Fasciotomy with Limited Fasciectomy Treatment for Dupuytren’s Contractures.
Pilot and Feasibility Studies