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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.

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 43 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

    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

    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

    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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    SORAYA PATRICIA MONGE DIAZ
    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

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Would recommend to all different people - I'm a research nurse 6 months into my post and this has been really useful so far to give me a great overview of knowledge I have learnt already. I can definitely see the relevance to all people - if you are interested in research or are currently in research would highly recommend.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is very informative and interesting. They use relevant examples from recent studies or ongoing studies to make their point as well as various exercises to consolidate your learning. I would definitely recommend this course as it provides a good general introduction to the field of clinical research!
  • Huda Abdelmoaty Gomaa

    Huda Abdelmoaty Gomaa completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course answered fundamental questions required in research field especially why and how research can improve health care and obstacles in translating research evidence into practice. The course also is comprehensive that address all important issues pertaining to research. I enjoyed the course so much
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really good course and thoroughly recommend to anyone in research, however I have only given it 3 stars as I was very disappointed to get to the end and realise that I have to pay to take the final test and get certificate. This I feel is very unfair when I have completed the rest of the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a good, basic course about health research. It uses real examples to illustrate each week's subject, which helps to bring it all alive. There is also additional reading suggested so you can take the learning further if you want to.
    I found the course informative and interesting.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very interesting and informative course. The course have given me an overview of what research is and how it works. I have learnt to be wary of sensational headlines in the media and to look further into what is involve in such study before reaching conclusion.

    Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course. The content was very well constructed with use of different media to maintain interest. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues as it has helped improve knowledge of clinical research in practice.

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