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Title: An exploration of practitioner-researcher collaboration on randomized controlled trials of complex interventions
Author: Sawtell, Mary Barbara
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 5342
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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Background. The past two decades have seen great interest in the development and evaluation of complex social interventions. The randomised controlled trial (RCT) is the normative research design for these evaluations and academic-practitioner collaboration in the conduct of studies is increasingly common to maximise rigour and relevance. However, gaps remain in what is known about how collaboration can be most effective in the co-production of knowledge. Practical examples of academic-practitioner collaboration can address these knowledge gaps. Aim: To demonstrate the development of academic-practitioner collaboration in the conduct of RCTs of complex health and education interventions through practical examples spanning two decades. Methods: Insider research drew on: four of my publications; experience of working on RCTs; and wider experience, gained over 20 years, working as a health visitor. Findings and conclusions: A general trend, in studies, across time is shown of: more relevant practitioners actively involved; in increasingly varied and influential study roles; with greater capacity to contribute to the research process. Improved management of the boundary between intervention and evaluation is also demonstrated. These trends have increased the potential for a more equal and effective blend of academic and practitioner knowledge and as such the co-production of more useful research. Key practitioner voices have been missing from decision-making processes in RCTs, however, which is likely to have had a negative impact on the utility of the findings. Creative approaches to collaboration, utilising skills in interpersonal relations, awareness of context and spanning of boundaries can bring these harder to reach voices into the research process. These are skills central to health visiting practice. Although health visitors are relatively new to RCTs they are well positioned to be part of the process of conducting the rigorous and relevant RCTs that are important in the development of services, including health visiting.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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