QUALitative nested studies to Facilitate health research and Innovation (QUALIFI)

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The School of Nursing and Midwifery
The University of Sheffield
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
S10 3LA

For more information please contact Angela Tod
Email:  a.tod@sheffield.ac.uk

The QUALIFI team have the expertise to capture the experiences of study participants and other stakeholders (including family carers and health professionals) through the nested qualitative studies within clinical trials and research into complex interventions.

Such work generates a fuller understanding of the impact of health interventions, why and how these emerge and helps to determine why some interventions do not work in the real world. Such research also helps to understand how health care staff and practitioners make use of interventions. By integrating the patient/carer voice and experience throughout the research journey from concept to implementation, acceptability, feasibility, accessibility and the impact of new interventions can be more effectively understood.

We have a portfolio of projects that illustrate our contribution including conducting Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and pre-protocol consultation, in-depth qualitative inquiry embedded in clinical trials, through to participatory methods of to maximize dissemination and impact.

Qualifi Projects

MESO Trap Feasbility Study

Funder:  NIHR RFPB
Lead researcher:  Angela Tod  

MARS 2: Msothelioma and Radical Surgery 2

Funder:  John Pickering Charitable Trust
Patient experience arm of a feasibility study
Lead researcher:  Angela Tod

Prospective Assessment of Incident Respiratory Symptoms in COPD Funder:  CLAHRC-SY
Lung cancer and COPD assessment study
Lead researcher:  Angela Tod
El CiD: Improved lung cancer identification by targeted x-ray (CXR)

Funder:  Cancer Researcher/NAEDI
Clinical trial looking at the effect on lung cancer diagnosis of giving a CXR to smokers over 60 with chest symptoms.
Lead researcher:  Angela Tod

SPECIAL: Standard of palliative care in advanced lung cancer Funder: NIHR HTA
Clinical trials to assess effectiveness of early referral to palliative care for patients with lung cancer.
Lead researcher:  Tony Ryan
ACTION: Advance care planning.  An  innovative palliative care intervention to improve quality of life in oncology Funder:  EU FP7 Health Programme
This cluster randomised trial assesses whether advance care planning improves the quality of life and symptoms of patients with advanced cancer.
Lead researcher:  Jane Seymour