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QUESTS and QuinteT (Qualitative Research Integrated within Trials) will co-host a half-day workshop on optimising qualitative methods in trials on 12 October 2017. The workshop will take place from 10-2pm in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway.


Workshop aims and objectives

The workshop will illustrate the ways in which qualitative research can be used to optimise the design and conduct of randomised trials, particularly with regard to recruitment.  The workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss their own research ideas, to gain confidence in including qualitative research in grant applications, and to draw on the experience of the QuinteT team at the University of Bristol.

By the end of the workshop participants should:

  • Appreciate how qualitative research can be used to address randomised trial design and conduct issues, in particular problems with recruitment.
  • Be better equipped to include qualitative research in grant applications for randomised trials.


Who the workshop is intended for

  1. Researchers and health professionals who are interested in how qualitative methods can optimise the design and conduct of a trial.
  2. Qualitative researchers who wish to apply their skills to optimise the design and conduct of randomised trials.

No prior experience of having undertaken qualitative research is necessary, but participants should be aware that this workshop will not teach them how to do qualitative research but to appreciate its value within trials.


Workshop outline

Areas to be covered during the workshop:

  • Using qualitative research to address particular randomised trial design and conduct issues.
  • The QuinteT Recruitment Intervention
  • Integrating qualitative research in trials: Case Study Session**
  • Including qualitative research in grant applications for randomised trials.


Case Study Session**

You are invited to bring a project or idea for qualitative research to improve an aspect of trial design, conduct or recruitment. The project/ idea could be at any stage of development – from grant writing to delivery. Ideally you have questions or problems that would benefit from and be suitable for discussion in a small group.


Useful references


To register for this workshop

Please visit

Registration fee: €80, €50 for students and QUESTS Working Group members.

Registration deadline: Friday, 06 October


Further information

If you would like further information about the content of the workshop, please email For all other enquiries please email

This workshop is kindly supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme.


Join us afterwards for a celebration of the contribution of qualitative research in trials. This event will take place from 2-4pm. Click here for more information.