In recognition of the support and dedication of its working group members, QUESTS recently launched a conference/workshop funding bursary for such members. The aim is to acknowledge the vital contribution that working group members make to QUESTS and facilitate networking and knowledge transfer in the field of qualitative research and/or trial methodology. All working group members were invited to apply and applications were assessed by a UK-based qualitative researcher working in trials.
The successful recipients were:
- Ms Jackie Fox, School of Health Sciences, NUI Galway
- Dr Louise Murphy, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick
- Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Jackie used her bursary to attend the Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society which was hosted at NUI Galway in August 2018. It was an excellent opportunity to network with other clinicians and researchers in the area of health behaviour change interventions. The knowledge acquired, and networks developed, will support her PhD study which takes the form of a mixed methods feasibility study of an occupational therapy-led intervention for women with anxiety.
Louise’s funding will enable her to attend the 28th World Congress on Nursing Education and Research Conference in London on 25-27th April 2019. Louise will also present findings from her mixed methods study of an innovative teaching strategy exploring undergraduate nursing and midwifery students’ views of the use of a student response system to engage them in their learning and to support knowledge retention. Presenting this work will provide an opportunity to showcase qualitative expertise in educational research and promote QUESTS internationally.
Elaine’s funding will enable her to attend the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 conference in Melbourne and present the findings of a qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) on healthcare professional and parental experiences of participating in and implementing infant feeding interventions and trials she led, and was co-authored by two QUESTS researchers, Dr Catherine Houghton and Marita Hennessy. Presenting at GEIS 2018 will reach a broad global audience and will further highlight and increase awareness of the importance and value of QES for trial development for implementation science research.