date_range Starts on June 6, 2016
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated, to improve healthcare for all, on this free online course.

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Syllabus

Everything we do in healthcare - every tablet that’s prescribed, every treatment that’s given and every test that’s performed - has to be first discovered and then thoroughly evaluated before it can be put into practice. This discovery and evaluation is done in a variety of ways, which collectively we call “research.” And research that involves people, we call “clinical research.” What will I learn? This free online course is all about this process of discovery and how it is used to improve healthcare. Together, we will look in detail at why we do research and how we do it. We will bring this to life through cases studies covering topics such as how research is helping to find new ways of treating and providing care for some of the major diseases including cancer and dementia. Through the course we will focus on the important ethical questions raised by clinical research and take a look into the future. Over four weeks, we will speak to different members of a research team, including academics and clinicians from the National Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds. We will also hear from the ordinary people who have participated in clinical research studies. We’ll learn how they all make invaluable contributions to the process of discovery. By the end, you will have a much better understanding of not only the challenges of conducting clinical research, but also the enormous benefits that it can offer to modern healthcare. What do previous learners say? In this video you can hear from people who participated in the course the last time it was run. Here are a few comments from past learners: “It made me look at research in a different light…it gave me confidence” “Anything that helps us to improve patient care, has got to be a good thing” “Helps you understand that people don’t do research to you….they can not do research without you” “Everyone has different questions and views on research, this brings it all together” Accreditation This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. By completing the course you will have achieved 16 hours of CPD time.
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Instructors

  • Fiona O'Neill
  • Allan Gaw
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Platform

Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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