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IGHD PhD Seminar Series Week 3

These sessions are mandatory for all September 2016 entry and January 2017 entry IGHD PhD students and are recommended for all other IGHD PhD students. We welcome other PhD students from other departments who may have an interest in the topic areas.

These sessions will be available on campus for those on site and they will also be livestreamed for those unable to come to QMU. Please choose a 'live-streaming' ticket to receive details of how to connect before the event.

Please register so we know how many people to expect. To register for all three events, choose the date of the event then register. You will need to do this 3 times. If you have questions, please email FKiessling@qmu.ac.uk


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.

“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.

Research in health service use of new European migrants in Scotland ((Dermot Gorman: Thursday, May 4th, 12:15 – 14:15) room 2091

Dr Dermot Gorman is a consultant in Public Health in NHS Lothian where he leads on migrant and ethnic minority health issues. He has a research interest in the health service use of new European migrants to Scotland. He leads a Team which has completed several pieces of research into service use, cancer screening uptake, interpretation use, and mental health in this group. In his session, Dermot will highlight the findings and describe the challenges in completing these research projects.

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