Understanding Research in Women’s Health Module

Understanding Research in Women’s Health Module


Hello, I’m Anne Lanceley, a Senior Lecturer
in the Department of Women’s Cancer. With my colleague Jackie Nicholls I’m the module
lead for understanding research in Women’s Health. This is a core module on the Msc in
Women’s Health and aims to equip you with practical research knowhow alongside knowledge
of the why of research and innovation for Women’s Health. What is health research? Why
does innovation matter for Women’s Health and what is it? Why is social and scientific
context important, and how may research take account of this? We’ll pursue a number of
practical strands during the module to help you prepare to undertake your piece of research.
For example, how to formulate a research question and choose an appropriate design to address
different research questions of relevance to women. We will explore with you mixed methods
research, applied health research, qualitative designs, complex intervention research, participatory
methodologies and trial and case control studies. Another strand will explore various perspectives
on research, so for example commissioners perspectives, funding agencies and the patient’s
point of view as well as the manager’s take. A third strand will consider research governance
matters, legal and ethical issues and practical aspects of applying for NHS Research Ethics
Committee approval. Throughout the module we will base our interactive
teaching and learning around research undertaken in Women’s Health so that you become familiar
with seminal research papers and also become skilled at critically appraising published
research studies. We’ll also encourage you to develop an area of special interest during the module and you’ll be assessed by submission of a structured research protocol which hopefully
will pursue that particular interest. We very much look forward to welcome you on the module.

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