Choosing and designing the most appropriate study to address your clinical research problem is paramount in generating the best evidence.
This module will introduce some of the more advanced concepts and skills of research design, emphasising how they relate to evidence-based health care. Choosing and designing the most appropriate study to address a clinical question is paramount in generating the best evidence. As students learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of 6 key study designs, they will also learn how to design a research protocol. Participants will design data collection and analysis, to include appropriate statistical tests. They will also learn strategies to manage bias and assess the quality of published research.
Students will apply their learning in small groups to develop a protocol for an allocated research question, for which they will receive constructive and academic feedback.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 5th November 2021. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
This course will enable students to:
- Describe in detail different types of research methodologies;
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the different study designs;
- Assess whether research studies are using the most appropriate study design;
- Discuss why various approaches may be appropriate/ inappropriate for their work-based research question.
- Describe methodologies that are used to investigate the effects of health care interventions;
- Have a basic understanding of the approaches to statistical analysis that can be used with these methodologies;
- Develop an understanding of the types of approaches that can be used for statistical analysis in each type of study design.
- Identify various facets that form a successful research protocol, for different types of health research;
- List some of the challenges of preparing a research protocol, and develop strategies for addressing them.
- Epidemiological Studies: A Practical Guide - by Alan J. Silman and Gary J. Macfarlane
Comments from previous participants:
"This is a good course for bringing together a wide range of practical and theoretical expertise for dealing with research related topics."