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Excellence in QUAlitative research in Trials (EQUATe) group
The EQUATe group is an informal forum for health researchers who are using qualitative methodology in relation to randomised controlled trials in applied health contexts. The group is a collaboration between NIHR CLAHRC West, BRTC, ConDuCT-II and QuinteT based in Bristol Medical School, but is open to all qualitative researchers working in trials from across the university.
The EQUATe group draws together researchers with expertise in a range of innovative qualitative methods that:
Inform intervention development and refinement
Optimise trial design and recruitment
Examine the social or behavioural processes in relation to trial/intervention delivery and participation
Support more effective implementation of healthcare innovation.
Following discussion at our inaugural meeting, the group agreed the following key aims:
To raise awareness and understanding of qualitative research in trials
To establish a network of qualitative researchers with expertise in trials across the university
To be an informal forum to present findings and learn from others’ expertise
To provide peer-to-peer teaching on innovative qualitative methods, specialist training, latest guidelines and other relevant initiatives
To raise awareness of members' research interests, skills and goals to develop potential for teaching, funding and collaboration
We are always happy to welcome new members, and topics/speakers for discussion at our meetings. If you would like to present or discuss something at our next meeting please contact the group conveners, Jeremy Horwood, Nicola Mills, Eileen Sutton or Julia Wade
To be invited to future EQUATe meetings, University of Bristol staff and postgraduate students can subscribe to our grp-brms-equate outlook group. To subscribe, go to groups in Outlook, right click and selected browse/discover groups, search for grp-brms-equate and click join.