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Dr Nicola Mills

Dr Nicola Mills

Dr Nicola Mills
B.Sc.(Sus.), Ph.D.(Bristol), MSc (LSHTM)

Senior Research Fellow

Area of research

Integrating qualitative research within RCTs to improve trial design and conduct

Office Room 2.04
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Research summary

I have a broad interest in the use of qualitative methods within health services research, specialising in the application of these methods within randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to improve informed consent and recruitment. I have used qualitative methods to extend understanding of the barriers to recruitment, building these findings into flexible training packages to support staff who recruit patients to RCTs. I also use a range of qualitative methods more broadly to illuminate and address issues beyond recruitment in feasibility studies for the successful design and implementation of a full-scale RCT. I currently work within the MRC ConDuCT-II (COllaboration and ...

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Background is primarily in the application of qualitative research methods to health services research, which includes assessing the feasibility and acceptability of an epilepsy specialist nurse service, investigating the effectiveness of self-help booklets on smoking cessation in pregnancy, evaluating the psychosocial impact of chlamydia screening, and eliciting cancer patients' perceptions and experiences of participation in a randomised controlled trial (RCT). Recent years have focused on the integration of qualitative research methods in trials - particularly the role of patient treatment preferences at trial recruitment (MRC Fellowship). Currently works within the MRC ConDuCT (Collaboration and innovation for Difficult or Complex RCTs) Hub to ...

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