Determining what works: guidance for health research design gets an overhaul
posted on: Oct 2, 2008
New guidance from the Medical Research Council (MRC) on how best to conduct research into complex health and social interventions is published in the British Medical Journal and the MRC website.
Whether it's reducing risky sexual behaviour, improving self-management in patients with diabetes, or encouraging the implementation of clinical guidelines, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers are interested in measuring accurately the effects of complex interventions. Guidance from the Medical Research Council (MRC) has in the past been seen as the cornerstone of research design in this fast-growing field. Following consultation with many of the country's leading experts in research design, the MRC's framework for assessing the impact of complex health and social interventions has now been updated by researchers from the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network
, including the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit's Director Professor Sally Macintyre
, former Associate Director, Professor Mark Petticrew
, and Dr Peter Craig