Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

Summer School 2024

C7 Kings Meadow Campus
Thursday 6th June 2024 (09:30-16:30)

For course enquiries contact Paul Leighton

For booking queries contact Barbara Maston

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Demystifying Qualitative Research for Dermatology

Overview: Qualitative research with its focus upon what people think and feel, and upon how they describe their experiences is playing an increasingly important role in medical research.  For those more familiar with clinical practice and clinical research, however, it can feel like a strange beast - smaller in scale, broader in scope and using theories and terms that are unfamiliar.

In this one day course we will showcase how qualitative methods can add value to dermatology research.  We will demonstrate how they can help us to understand what it's like to live with a skin condition, how they can help us to interpret clinical research findings, and how they can contribute to the development of new treatments and ways of working.

During the course we will introduce you to a range of different qualitative research methods.  By the end of the day, you will be more familiar with a range of approaches and should feel more comfortable when reading about qualitative research in dermatology.  For those of you thinking about doing dermatology research you will have a stronger sense of the toolbox of methods at your disposal.

Audience: The course is tailored to the needs of professionals working in dermatology.  It is suitable for anyone who needs to read or write research papers in dermatology, and present information to colleagues, management, external organisations, or the general public.  It is appropriate for anyone planning to do research in dermatology.

Cost: £150 early bird (by 8th May) thereafter £175


Summer School Programme 2024
Time Session 
9.30am  Introduction and aims of the course
Understanding qualitative research
A short talk about the qualitative methods and their application in dermatology research.


Doing qualitative research - collecting data
Interviews, focus groups, observations, and online research methods - an introduction to the 
main methods of qualitative data generation.

11.00am Tea/coffee break

Doing qualitative research - analysing data
Inductive, deductive and some other approaches - an activity focused upon the analysis of
qualitative data.

12.30pm  Lunch

Using qualitative research - Process evaluation
Not so much does it work, but more about how it works - activities focused upon how 
qualitative methods can help us to understand complex interventions in dermatology.

Using qualitative research - Implementation research
Some examples of how qualitative research can help us to understand how well
dermatology interventions are delivered in practice.

3.00pm   Tea/coffee break
Designing a qualitative study
An activity focused upon building a qualitative study in dermatology - what would be
your question? How would you collect and analyse data? What makes a good study?

4.30pm Close


  • Dr Paul Leighton - Associate Professor in Applied Health Services Research
  • Others - tbc


Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
Applied Health Research Building
University Park, Nottingham

telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 68631
email: cebd@nottingham.ac.uk