Alicia O’Cathain, Professor of Health Services Research at ScHARR at the University of Sheffield, delivered a webinar, titled “What is the value of using qualitative research with RCTs?”, on 17th October 2016.
Researchers often cite ‘helping to interpret the results of the RCT’ as the rationale for using qualitative research with RCTs. This is one of the important contributions of qualitative research. In this webinar, Alicia explored eight rationales for using qualitative research with RCTs.
Professor O’Cathain has written extensively about mixed methods research in health and more recently about using qualitative research with RCTs (see Maximising the value of combining qualitative research and randomised controlled trials in health research: the QUAlitative Research in Trials (QUART) study – a mixed methods study. Health Technol Assess 2014;18(38)).