Methodological Research

Methodological Research

Methodological research undertaken collaboratively across the Health Care Assessment and Improving Experiences of Care programmes aims to ensure that our research is undertaken using the most efficient and appropriate methods available, as well as contributing to the global research methods literature.

Current Project Highlights

Trial recruitment and retention

Collecting outcomes that matter

Working with patients and the public to design better research

Behavioural approaches to trials

Behavioural interventions to improve clinical trial recruitment and retention

STEER: Systematic Techniques to Enhance Retention in RCTs

What are the key challenges and opportunities for mounting a trial of prehospital REBOA?

Core outcome sets


Evidence-informed decision aids for clinical trial participation: a methodological investigation of core components and outcome measures


Development of core outcome set for symptomatic uncomplicated gallstone disease

RoboCOS: What outcomes are important for evaluating robotic assisted surgery as a service-level change? An outcome mapping exercise to inform core outcome set development 

Involving patients and the public in trials

PoINT 2: Public involvement in Numerical aspects of Trials

INITIAL: Involving patients and the public In sTatistIcal Analysis pLans

Underserved Groups

INCLUDE Ethnicity Framework: Ensuring that COVID-19 trials consider ethnicity

INCLUDED: Promoting INCLUsivity through improving the practice anD utility of Ethnicity Data collection in trials

MERIT: Minority Experiences in Trials

STRIDE: SupporTing Recruitment and retention Improvements for Diverse Ethnicities

Data usage

ORINOCO: Optimising Resource-use IN Outcome Collection

Sharing trial results with participants

RECAP: Feedback matters: How should trial results be reported back to participants?


  Understanding experiences of research or of clinical trials

Some of the above projects feed into Trial Forge, an initiative to improve the efficiency of trials.



Other methodological work includes: