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The University of Southampton
Primary Care Research Centre

Qualitative Group

About QualMED (qualitative expertise in medicine)

Delivering excellent qualitative research and teaching within the Faculty of Medicine.

Qualitative research is a central, and growing, strand of research activity in the Faculty of Medicine at Southampton and beyond. It is frequently embedded in large trials and increasingly features in grant writing. There is also an expectation by grant selection panels that there will be evidence of a mixed-method approach to research. QualMED is a multidisciplinary team comprising experienced qualitative researchers who can provide a different view, knowledge and experience of research. QualMED supports the production of high quality qualitative research within the Faculty of Medicine through grant applications, undertaking and supervising funded qualitative research projects, and the teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. We work with QUEST (a university wide qualitative network), and members of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), which provides an excellent forum for qualitative methods knowledge exchange. 

What QualMED can offer:

QualMED currently provides teaching for undergraduate (BM5) and postgraduate (MSc Public Health, MSc Allergy) students in the Faculty of Medicine.  This includes introductory sessions on ‘What Qualitative research is’; ‘Philosophical Underpinnings and Approaches’; ‘Data Collection Methods’; Sampling; ‘Data Analysis’; ‘Ethics and Rigour/Quality’; ‘Critical Appraisal of qualitative research’; and ‘Qualitative Synthesis’.

QualMED meet regularly as a group which provides opportunities for staff to discuss their qualitative research, explore new approaches and how to optimise quality and impact of the research conducted.

The group is open to all qualitative researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Medicine. 


QualMED meetings

Next meeting to be confirmed  

For further information regarding QualMED please contact Geraldine Leydon:  

QualMED organising committee: Geraldine LeydonJane Vennik, Catherine Woods, Rachel Dewar-Haggart.


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