NEW Short Course in EBHC

July 12, 2018

Advanced qualitative research methods in Evidence Based Healthcare

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
William Bruce Cameron  (1963)

Evidence based medicine (EBM) involves the judicious use of the best available evidence to inform decisions about patient care.  For many, this instinctively brings up thoughts on using quantitative data, e.g. from systematic reviews or randomised controlled trials, to inform therapeutic, diagnostic or prognostic decisions. However, as William Bruce Cameron  reminds us, there is more to evidence than just numbers.

Qualitative research and Evidence Based Healthcare (EBHC)
The relevance and importance of qualitative research in EBHC is increasingly recognised. For example, investigating and understanding practitioners’ and patients’ attitudes, beliefs, and preferences towards the care they give or receive provides rich data that complements knowing whether something simply works or not.

There are many other reasons for doing qualitative research. In a recent blog Dr Anne-Marie Boylan explained what qualitative research allows us to: explore a previously unexplored problem, intervention, phenomenon or experience from a range of perspectives; providing learning about the relatively unknown; understand why something is, not just how something is; generate new hypotheses for testing using experimental methods.

Given these offerings interest in the Msc EBHC Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) module, which is an introductory course in qualitative methods, has grown substantially. The QRM module, provides teaching and training to approximately 40 students per year. Increasingly, students undertake qualitative MSc dissertations, including primary qualitative studies as well as qualitative systematic reviews.

Advanced qualitative research

Over the last year we have had increasing enquiries from students wanting more in-depth teaching of qualitative methodologies and complex issues in qualitative research. As a result we are pleased to announce that the EBHC programme is now offering an Advanced Qualitative Research module (AQRM) to students, with the first course taking place April 2019. We think this will be one of the few advanced qualitative research methods courses available.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for students who have prior knowledge and experience of core qualitative research skills, (including sampling, data collection and analysis), either by having attended QRM or previous experience of undertaking qualitative research.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover a range of complex qualitative issues such as epistemological underpinning of qualitative research approaches; wider issues and debate of critical appraisal; advanced qualitative data collection methods; in-depth sessions on Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Linguistics and Phenomenology; critical engagement with theory and writing for publication. The course has a strong interactive element and students will have plenty of opportunities to discuss, apply and consolidate their learning in small groups, tutorials and presentations.

Who will teach on the course?

The course will be led by myself (Dr Veronika Williams) and my colleague Dr Anne-Marie Boylan. Additional course content will be delivered by experienced senior qualitative researchers working with the Evidence Based Healthcare teaching faculty.

How can I book?

To book this course please go to the EBHC website

We look forward to meeting you.

Dr Veronika Williams, Departmental Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Director DPhil EBHC programme; Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.

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