Qualitative Observational Studies - online (Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences)
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Training Points 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Postgraduate research students and research staff in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences only

Short online webinar with tutor-led delivery and group discussions. No pre-session task. 

Course description: 
Qualitative observational studies are very different from the category of observational studies (non-experimental research designs) used in epidemiology, nor are they like the clinical observation of a patient. Qualitative Observational Studies involve the systematic, detailed observation of behaviour and talk: watching and recording what people do and say.  The qualitative researcher systematically watches people and events to find out about behaviours and interactions in natural settings. 

Qualitative Observation studies can help to overcome the discrepancy between what people say and what they actually do. Observational methods are particularly well suited to the study of the working of organisations and how the people within them perform their functions. It may also uncover behaviours or routines of which the participants themselves may be unaware. 

To give an overview of the different types of observational study


By the end of the session you will:

  • Know the 4 different types of observational methods

  • Be able to identify which type of observational method is appropriate in a given situation

  • Know different ways of recording data from observations

  • Understand the barriers and benefits of using qualitative observational methods in Health Services Research

  • To have a brief understanding of how to analyse and present your data


Booking Guidelines

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate.

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.



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