Dr Nicola J Mills

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

  • BS8 2PS


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Personal profile

Research interests

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.

External positions

Associate Editor for Trials journal, Trials journal

1 Apr 201531 Dec 2018

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Research Output

A Randomised Feasibility Trial Comparing Needle Fasciotomy with Limited Fasciectomy Treatment for Dupuytren’s Contractures.

Davis, T., Tan, W., Harrison, E., Hollingworth, W., Karantana, A., Mills, N. J., Hepburn, T., Sprange, K., Duley, L., Blazeby, J. M., Bainbridge, C., Murali, R. & Montgomery, A. A., 30 Jan 2020, In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 6, 11 p., 7 (2020).

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 68 Downloads (Pure)

    Perceived barriers to randomised controlled trials in breast reconstruction: obstacle to trial initiation or opportunity to resolve? A qualitative study

    Davies, G., Mills, N. J., Holcombe, C., Potter, S. & the iBRA Steering Group, 6 Apr 2020, In : Trials. 21, 11 p., 316 (2020).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)

    Recruiting adolescents with CFS/ME to Internet-delivered therapy: Internal pilot within a randomised controlled trial

    Anderson, E. C., Parslow, R. M., Hollingworth, W., Mills, N. J., Beasant, L., Gaunt, D. M., Metcalfe, C. R., Kessler, D. S., Macleod, J. A. A., Pywell, S. L., Pitts, K. M., Price, S., Stallard, P., Knoop, H., van de Putte, E., Sanne, N., Bleijenberg, G. & Crawley, E. M., 12 Aug 2020, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 8, 11 p., e17768.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    Supervised Work

    Evaluation of a primary care epilepsy specialist nurse service

    Author: Mills, N. J., 2000

    Supervisor: Bachmann, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)