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Alicia O’Cathain, Professor of Health Services Research at ScHARR at the University of Sheffield, has published “A Practical Guide to Using Qualitative Research with Randomized Controlled Trials”, the first how-to book on the use of qualitative research with Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs).

About the book

“A Practical Guide to Using Qualitative Research with Randomized Controlled Trials” is ideal for researchers who are leading, undertaking, or planning to use qualitative research with RCTs. With its detailed explanations and inspiring examples, this book is also useful for postgraduate students wishing to conduct qualitative research in the context of an RCT.

Divided into three parts, the book covers the process of using qualitative research with RCTs from start to finish. Section one outlines overarching issues such as the many contributions qualitative research can make to generating evidence of effectiveness, section two provides practical guidance from writing a proposal through to publishing qualitative research undertaken with RCTs, and the final section guides the reader on how to engage with relevant stakeholders.

The book is now available to purchase from Oxford University Press.

About Prof Alicia O’Cathain

Alicia O’Cathain (BSc, MSc, MA, PhD) is Professor of Health Services Research at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has written extensively about mixed methods research in health and more recently on how to combine qualitative research with RCTs. She evaluates health services, particularly related to emergency and urgent care, and develops and evaluates interventions for chronic health problems.

In October 2016 Alicia delivered a QUESTS webinar titled “What is the value of using qualitative research with RCTs?”. The recording can be viewed here.