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I have specialist expertise in the application of qualitative research methods within randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to improve recruitment and informed consent. In recent years I have used qualitative methods to understand 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 ascertain experiences and acceptability of healthcare interventions. I worked within the MRC ConDuCT-II (COllaboration and iNnovation in DifficUlt or complex randomised Controlled Trials In Invasive procedures) Hub for 10 years to develop methodological research in trial recruitment, and have been an active member of the University of Bristol Qualitative research integrated within Trials (QuinteT) team since its inception, developing research and training activities to improve the design and conduct of RCTs. I am the RCT recruitment training lead for the QuinteT group; co-lead for two Bristol Medical School short course - 'Optimising recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials' and ‘Qualitative Research to Optimise Design and Conduct of Randomised Trials’ and a former Associate Editor for Trials journal.
Associate Editor for Trials journal, Trials journal
1 Apr 2015 → 31 Dec 2018
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Autistic adults’ views on the design and processes within randomised controlled trials: The APRiCoT studyBeasant, L., Realpe, A., Douglas, S., Kenny, L., Rai, D. & Mills, N. J., 25 Aug 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Autism.
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Lockdown Experiences and Views on Future Research Participation of Autistic Adults in the UK During the First 6 Months of the COVID-19 PandemicRealpe, A. X., Mills, N., Beasant, L., Douglas, S., Kenny, L. & Rai, D., 30 Aug 2023, In: Autism in Adulthood. 5, 3, p. 301-310 10 p.
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Non-COVID-19 UK clinical trials and the COVID-19 pandemic: impact, challenges and possible solutionsLorenc, A., Rooshenas, L., Conefrey, C. M., Wade, J., Farrar, N. L., Mills, N. J., Paramasivan, S., Realpe, A. & Jepson, M. J., 22 Jun 2023, In: Trials. 24, 1, 424.
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