Understand the essentials of designing, conducting and analysing pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Examine RCTs evaluating health and public health interventions in primary, secondary and community settings with individual and cluster randomised designs.
Gain an overview of the (1) current state of research in health and social care; (2) access, use and the development of information systems; (3) critical appraisal methods; (4) main research methodologies and strategies; (5) health service evaluation; (6) ethical issues in research; and (7) innovations in research and the development of new methodologies.
Gain an understanding of the theoretical frameworks which guide economic evaluation; knowledge of the methods used to measure and value costs, health and broader outcomes of care; an overview of trials and modelling techniques used to evaluate efficiency; brief practical experience of analysing cost and outcomes data; critical appraisal skills for assessing of published economic evaluations and insight into the role of economic evidence in local and national (i.e. NICE) decision making in England.
Learn to (1) critically analyse the strengths, limitations and issues to consider with different types of epidemiological studies; (2) assess the sources of evidence routinely used as a basis for health policy and practice; (3) interpret and apply the results of basic statistical analyses, particularly inferential statistics; and (4) use appropriate tools to critically appraise the evidence used in public health.
Modular code: HL50105. Learn about the key approaches to designing qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research projects, as well as the key research methods used in practice-based research in health.