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 interventions to improve clinical trial recruitment and retention


Development of core outcome set for symptomatic uncomplicated gallstone disease PoINT: Public involvement in Numerical aspects of Trials

ESP2 - Estimating Site Performance 2


ORINOCO: Optimising Resource-use IN Outcome Collection RECAP: Feedback matters: How should trial results be reported back to participants?
INCLUDE Ethnicity Framework: Ensuring that COVID-19 trials consider ethnicity

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 


Understanding experiences of research or of clinical trials

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



STEER: Systematic Techniques to Enhance Retention in RCTs



What is the best way to avoid recruitment and retention problems in trials?


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



Other methodological work includes: