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The Role of Qualitative Research in Clinical Trial Development: The EASE Back Study

Bartlam, Bernadette, Waterfield, Jacqueline, Bishop, Annette, Holden, Melanie A., Barlas, Panos, Ismail, Khaled M., KETTLE, Christine and Foster, Nadine E. (2018) The Role of Qualitative Research in Clinical Trial Development: The EASE Back Study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 12 (3). pp. 325-343. ISSN 1558-6901

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This article outlines the rationale for adopting a mixed methods approach within randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and explores challenges associated in doing so. Taking the example of the EASE Back feasibility and pilot study (Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard care for pregnant womEn with BACK pain: ISRCTN49955124), we detail why and how we operationalized a concurrent-sequential mixed methods research design. We present key findings from the exploratory research (focus groups and interviews) and explain how these were integrated with descriptive findings (a national survey of physical therapists) in order to inform and refine the design of the explanatory phase (the pilot RCT). We conclude with a discussion of lessons learned and implications for future research design and conduct.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Education
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Midwifery and Allied Health Professions
SWORD Depositor: JISC pubrouter
Depositing User: JISC pubrouter
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 11:22
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 11:22
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4559

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