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University of Leeds

Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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Everything we do in healthcare has to be discovered and thoroughly tested before it can be put into practice. In this course, you will explore clinical research – its challenges and its huge benefits to modern healthcare. You will work through case studies and examine how research contributes to the treatment of major diseases, such as cancer and dementia, examining the process of conducting research and the ethical questions raised. You will learn how members of a research team, academics and participants in clinical research all contribute to this process of discovery.

Our Lead Educator and Mentors will be on hand from February 8 to March 8 to support discussions and to answer your questions. If you join the course after March 8, moderators will still be checking the comments regularly to respond to your queries.

This course is designed for anyone who wants to know more about modern healthcare, and the role of clinical research and discovery within it.

It will be of special interest to: students at school or college; undergraduates or postgraduates who are contemplating a career in healthcare or the life sciences; and health and social care professionals and practitioners who want to find out more about the role of clinical research in improving healthcare.

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. By completing the course you will have achieved 16 hours of CPD time.

No previous knowledge is needed to take this course.

Taught by

Allan Gaw and Fiona O'Neill

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 57 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am a volunteer at my local hospital as a Patient Research Ambassador. I am not medically trained. I found the course easy to follow and inspiring. I have learned a lot about clinical research and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is considering becoming a Patient Research Ambassador and wants to know more about the subject.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As an Aussie Consumer involved in cancer trials I found this course a great refresher. Understandably a little was UK specific (eg regulations) however the vast majority of the course by far would be applicable in any country. I have recommended it to many of my colleagues.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was well structured, the site was user friendly. really enjoyed learning and improving my knowledge regarding research in general.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is well organized, presented in simple manner, full of current developments and very much interested. Few new developments in clinical research such as personalized clinical care/ considering genetic make up in future clinical research and practical tips for tranlating research findings into practice are fascinating. The practical, real world examples given throughout the course helped understand the concepts and removes boredom. There are lot of positive and engouraging aspects in the course. The only thing which is quite negative is the high charges for getting the completion certificate. Overall, in the technical point of view the course is very useful for young/ early level researchers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have completed this course with the one exception of the final test. In order to complete the course I am asked to pay £62 so that I can receive a certificate which says I have finished the course.
    The price is silly and the practice is poor.
    This is a sad way to finish the course. The presentation of ideas , which was good, and the variety of approaches, which were wide is spoiled by a mismanaged completion procedure.
    I know more than I did. I am content with that.
    Asking me to pay £62 to prove to the world I have followed the course is silly.
    This morning I received 8 separate e.mails from Future Learn. Completely over the top and makes me less inclined to do any further work with them.
  • Anonymous
    I would like to say thank you to all the team who participated in the design of the course. It was very well designed and structured. I have learned a lot and hope that I will be more involved in a clinical research professionally and maybe even as a patient. The course raised my awareness of clinical trial and also inspired me to investigate and learn more about the subject. Thank you once again for a fantastic opportunity to study the Clinical Research through the internet. I will recommend this course to professionals and non professionals to learn more and raise the awareness of Clinical Research. It really is worth to try and study more.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed the course a lot.
    I am new to research so every little thing related to it sounds informative and giving explanation to me.
    I enjoyed the layout of the course, the pace of it, watching videos and especially the fact that there is additional information available.
    Also, I loved the fact that you can do it at your own pace, whenever you find time.
    Yes, I was disappointed with the fact that one has to pay to have a certificate issued; however, my manager did not insist on me getting it so I was very happy.
    I would definitely advise the course to anyone interested in research. Thank you for a marvellous opportunity to learn.
  • Anonymous
    Great Course!Learnt a lot about Medical and Clinical Research, Funding and the different groups involved and how charities work with co-funders and other national and international funders.It was good to know the challenges faced but still protocols have to be followed.I also learnt on what Research means and the expectations of Funding Groups or Sponsors.I also looked at a couple of research papers.Some good points that there is no limit to funding for Research because there is always others working maybe on the same topic hence the Researcher has to be competetive and have the best proposal.The aim for all is to improve healthcare.
  • Anonymous
    An interesting course, accessible to both health are professionals and the general public. It provides a thorough insight into the research process for those wishing to pursue a career in research, participate in research or understand the process of approving new treatments.

    I particularly enjoyed the more interactive aspects of the course, including quizzes and interactive activities based on Research Ethics Committees and media coverage of research. I gave this course 4 stars instead of 5, as I would like to have explored the statistical analysis of data.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I feel this is a great course for everyone involved or interested in clinical research from healthcare professionals and investigators to patient representatives.

    I was particularly attracted by a ‘layered’ design of this course: although it contains very well explained basic information about clinical research, there is an opportunity to investigate a topic further by obtaining more information from the ‘’See Also’’ section.

    Interactive communication with educators and peers makes the course even more attractive and motivating.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent primer for those of us having interest in clinical Research. One gets to understand different perspectives of Clinical Research- participants' perspective, the Researchers' perspective. It makes one realize the responsibility that a Researcher shoulders. It aptly describes and sensitises one to the Code of ethics governing Clinical Research. The links provided for added information take one to the depth of the subject.
    It would be interesting to have a glimpse of Clinical Research in some other parts of the world besides UK.
  • Anonymous
    This is an amazing course for those who are interested in the future of health of the people of the world. Science with its breakthroughs can keep on contributing towards the betterment of mankind but to implement new discoveries , its ratification and proof is to be established. herein comes the role of clinical research .

    This course has resulted in increasing my interest in the field and today am more than willing to contribute my bit towards clinical research in whatever way I can.
  • Anonymous
    This is an amazing course for those who are interested in the future of health of the people of the world. Science with its breakthroughs can keep on contributing towards the betterment of mankind but to implement new discoveries , its ratification and proof is to be established. herein comes the role of clinical research .

    This course has resulted in increasing my interest in the field and today am more than willing to contribute my bit towards clinical research in whatever way I can.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I loved doing this course. It was informative, interesting and explained all aspects of clinical research really well. I especially liked being able to post comments and see the comments of others taking the course. This raised lots of questions that I hadn't thought of and the appropriate answers. I liked the learning format and the fact that you could pick up and put down as time demanded.
    I am fairly new to research and would recommend this course to anyone
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    Fue muy interesante el curso cumplió mis expectativas, he aprendido y pondré en practica en mi trabajo para mejorar algunos puntos que se desconocía, así tener mejor resultado en los campos que desarrollamos ,gracias a las actualizaciones constante que lleve en el curso puedo tener un concepto mas amplio en el campo de la investigación clínica.

    Estoy muy agradecida por la enseñanza brindada.
  • Anonymous
    I would recommend this course to anyone looking for an introduction to clinical research. The content is provided in various formats- video, audio and text and is broken down into small chunks, so easier to fit in with a busy life. The additional references for further learning are great.
    The course is really interesting and has inspired me to further develop my career in research.
  • Anonymous
    A wonderful course to help grasp the basic fundamentals of improving healthcare through clinical research.

    Great use of blended learning, easy to follow and the glossary of medical jargon/ acronyms was helpful as I'm not from clinical background.

    I would highly recommend this course for those looking to get invomved in clinical research from a patient by experience perspective.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course and gained lots of invaluable knowledge about the research process. The course was extremely well presented and the use of videos to watch and articles to read kept it interesting. The speakers were very knowledgeable and keen to share their ideas. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in research.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very informative and produced very well. All the presenters are very easy to understand and talk in a way that is interesting to everyone. It is very good for learning about all aspects of research, from idea development, funding, practise and reporting. Would highly recommend for anyone new to research in any role.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a fantastic overview of clinical research . It covered topics such as ethics, trial design, history of medical research, phases of trials , GCP publication and the media .
    Very useful overview and update as a pharmacist who has previously participated in GCP training and supported clinical trials in the hospital setting.

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