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IGHD Doctoral Study Week 3
Tue 2 May 2017, 11:15 – 14:15 BST
IGHD TEACHING WEEK 3 (2016/2017)
1 May – 4 May 2017
- Conducting research within health systems: methodological, practical, and ethical considerations (Karina Kielmann: Tuesday, May 2nd, 11:15 – 14:15 room 2091)
This session introduces the field of health systems research which has grown significantly in scope and importance over the past decade. We will briefly review some of the frameworks and concepts that have been introduced to guide research on health systems before moving on to looking at methodology (study design, sampling, and methods for data collection) which can be applied to address critical health systems issues. We will work through case studies to enable you to identify health systems research questions, consider methodological aspects, and reflect on specific logistic and ethical issues that arise when conducting research within the health system.
2. Research in health service use of new European migrants in Scotland ((Dermot Gorman: Wednesday, May 3rd, 09:15 – 11:15 room 2090)
Dermot Gorman is a Consultant in Public Health at NHS Lothian and works within the Edinburgh Malawi Cancer Partnership – a Scottish Government funded project. This is a link between the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Oncology Department in Blantyre Malawi which aims to develop cancer care in one of Africa’s least developed nations. Malawi has a growing population, high HIV seroprevalence and typically people with cancer present to conventional healthcare with established disease having already consulted traditional healers.
The Partnership is focussing on developing nursing roles, multidisciplinary and joint assessment of oncology cases across the hospital. The current emphasis on breast and cervical cancers and Dermot has a focus on looking at patient pathways before, during and after hospital care. The project has been instrumental in implementing data collection for new oncology cases and investigating patient pathways before and during clinical care. Dermot returns from a visit to Malawi on 30 April will share his latest experience about this programme.
3. “Don’t ask me any more questions!” Conducting research with ‘vulnerable’ populations (Alison Strang: Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:15 – 14:15 room 2090)
This session will explore the practical challenges of conducting ethical research with vulnerable populations using the example of our study of mapping social connections, trust and problem solving amongst people affected by conflict in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. During the session we will reflect on the ways that we define ‘vulnerability’, and the implications for parameters of ethical research. I will take the group through various decision points in the research case study to critique options, choices and consequences. The session aims to enable students to:
• Develop their understanding of vulnerability in relation to research participation
• Refine the criteria by which they can critique the appropriateness of research questions, design and implementation.
• Apply these understandings to their own research study.