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QUESTS facilitated Nicola Farrar, PhD scholar with QuinTet, to attend the final seminar of the British Psychological Society seminar series on ‘Exploring the potential of creative and arts-based methods for applied psychological research’. We asked Nicola to share her experience:

On Monday 8th July I attended the BPS Seminar Series: “Exploring the potential for creative and arts-based methods for applied psychological research” at UWE Bristol. It was fascinating to hear about the range of qualitative methods that researchers are using to conduct such varying research. Some methods seemed like they could be well suited to research in trials – collaborations with illustrators in particular appeared to produce work that was easily accessible and visually attractive. Diary completion could also prove an insightful alternative method to understanding both patient and recruiter perspectives of trials and interventions. For me, the highlight of the day was hearing Celia and Jenny Kitzinger talk about using creative methods to translate research findings – though the RCT community may have a way to go before our findings are represented using ‘doom metal’ and shadow puppetsThank you to Catherine Houghton, and QUESTS, for the opportunity to attend this event.