Dr Jenni Burt on mixed methods approaches in health services research

The Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) and Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) Seminar was given by Dr Jenni Burt from Cambridge University on 21 November. Jenni is Senior Social Scientist at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, where she leads a range of applied research programmes and contributes to the Institute’s strategy and development. Her methodological work is concerned with the effective use of qualitative approaches; the design and delivery of complex mixed- and multi-method programmes of work; and developing innovative new methods in health services research.

Jenni gained a degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and a PhD in health services research from UCL. She convenes and lectures on the Qualitative and Mixed Methods module on the MPhil in Primary Health Care Research at the University of Cambridge, and supervises a number of PhD, MPhil, and medical students.

Jenni discussed mixed and multi method approaches, which are widespread in health services research. In her talk, ‘Apples, oranges, and mixed methods approaches in health services research’ she discussed the justification, design and benefit of mixed methods outlining the details of such approaches, when they might be used, and reflected on issues encountered in integrating designs and data within and between studies. The seminar was well attended by staff and students from CaHRU the LIH, other university departments and local health services.

By Prof Niro Siriwardena

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