Created on Monday, 14 Jan 2019. Posted in Guidance
The National Centre for Research methods has published a video, presented by Patrick Brindle, introducing researchers to the basics of how to write about research methods in the social sciences (slides on the website)
Created on Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018. Posted in Guidance
The HRA have published a joint statement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), setting out the legal and ethical requirements for seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods. eConsent is an approach sponsors and researchers are increasingly keen to adopt, and enables potential research participants to be provided with the information they need to make a decision via a tablet, smartphone or digital multimedia.
Created on Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018. Posted in Guidance
Writing a good questionnaire is harder than it seems, which is why this guide from NHS England is a welcome new addition to their "Bite-Size" series.
Some of the advice may seem basic - for example "avoid using jargon". But as it progresses, the guide takes us into more interesting territory, covering "cognitive testing", "gratitude bias" and "bipolar" versus "unipolar" scales. That may sound as though the authors ignored their own advice to avoid using jargon. But the terms are explained well, within a publication that - as with all Bite Size guides - is clear and concise.
If you need a questionnaire that patients can make sense of, and which will return a set of results that you can make sense of, this is the document to have ready to hand.
The new best practice guide is aimed at helping other researchers involve the public in communicating findings from the earliest stages of their projects and on the most challenging of subjects. It features a five-step process to present research information in a way that is shaped from the outset by people who will use it. The advice given ranges from initial scoping of the subject to planning and user-testing materials to present findings in a clear and accessible way.
Created on Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017. Posted in Guidance
This policy framework sets out 19 principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in the UK.
These principles protect and promote the interests of patients, service users and the public in health and social care research, by describing ethical conduct and proportionate, assurance-based management of health and social care research, so as to support and facilitate high-quality research in the UK that has the confidence of patients, service users and the public.
This guidance identifies some key principles and features involved in co-producing research. Co-producing research at its simplest means people working in partnership to design, develop and deliver research and knowledge. However Co-producing research is a way of working that requires
Created on Monday, 18 Sep 2017. Posted in Guidance
Two new guides to support healthcare professionals to develop clinical academic careers have been launched. These guides were created by NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) to provide information on the various awards available through the two organisations. In addition, the guides contain information on how to apply for awards, and how the awards work in practice. The guides also feature case studies from award holders who talk about their experiences and the impact an NIHR or HEE award has had on their career.
The two guides available are: