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Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

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Centre for Excellence in Qualitative Health Research and Teaching

We have many experienced qualitative researchers with expertise in a broad range of methods, working across different research groups within PCPH. We undertake qualitative research in a wide range of areas of health and healthcare such as dementia, ageing, e-health, sexual health, mental health and healthcare professional – patient communication.

Our work includes research into patient experiences of illness, healthcare and practice, studies connected to randomised trials (such as process evaluations), studies to inform intervention and technology development, systematic reviews, and studies of implementation.

Methodological expertise in the group includes interview and focus group techniques, ethnographic methods and a wide range of expertise in different forms of data analysis. Our research also draws on theory and practice from social science to deliver theoretically-informed insight into individual and contextual aspects of health and healthcare.

We take pride in providing thoughtful supervision to PhD, MSc, and undergraduate students as well as clinical academic fellows. We deliver training and professional development to postgraduate students and professionals through our various teaching roles, including within the short course/MSc module in Qualitative Research Methods in Health. Amongst the group are several specialist qualitative advisors for the NIHR Research Design Service for North London.

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