Bartlam, B, Waterfield, J, Bishop, A, Holden, MA, Barlas, P, Ismail, K, Kettle, C and Foster, NE (2016) 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pregnancy-related back pain; acupuncture; randomised controlled trials; mixed methods research; interdisciplinary health research
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 11:21

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