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University of Leeds

Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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.

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This course has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

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 65 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    An excellent course , very informative for people like me who is very new to the world of Research. The aspects of researches are explained by experts and each video has transcript too. Prior to this course, I never understood what is Ethical approval , Ethics Committee, how to gain consent in terms of research trials. All these points are well explained in this course. I am really thankful to the course providers , FurureLearn via University of Leeds for facilitating the module at free of cost.
  • Anonymous
    This course was an eye-opener for me in the research community, it clearly and painstakingly explained what is necessary at all levels of clinical research methodology. The lecturer was giving real-life experiences which showcase the expected guidelines if an individual choose this pathway in their career. The course had rekindled my confidence to learn more and seek a career pathway in clinical research with my database acumen
  • Anonymous
    Excellent overview course which is suitable for people with or without any scientific / clinical background.
    The useful videos make the course easy to understand and brings some of the clinical study stories to life. Would recommend.
  • Marcia Green
    Very informative and at a good pace, I enjoyed the subject matter and felt it fit in well with being a new member of staff with the NIHR admin team. I now have a better understanding of how clinical research is governed.
  • Anonymous
    This course really let you understand more about basic steps in reseach. The videos are very well explained and with different exercises during the course, you can improve your knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    I really liked this course because it shows the perspective of various participants in the clinical research process. The explanations are very clear and the course is dynamic.
  • Anonymous
    A complete course covering ALL relevant terms in the field of clinical research, Prof Allan Gaw is an incredible reference to follow! I recommend it to everyone!
  • 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
    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 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.

    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
    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
    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.

    The course was well structured, the site was user friendly. really enjoyed learning and improving my knowledge regarding research in general.
  • 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 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
    A great course, thoroughly exploring the various stages of clinical trials. The setbacks encountered, the enormous task of data collection and processing further attainment via governing bodies. Research is extremely complex, yet very rewarding for all those involved.

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