Qualitative Research Interview Laboratory

Faculty of Applied Health Science




Qualitative Research Interview Laboratory

 

Welch Hall 145 (WH145)
The Qualitative methods used in our lab are based on counselling, talking, and listening to how people make decisions about their health.
 
In a comfortable environment which includes large couches and plush chairs designed to accommodate people with many different types of health issues we use sophisticated digital recording and analysis equipment to allow us to explore the many meanings people attach to health and healthy living.
 
For studies of patients, we invite people into the lab and discuss  their decisions about medications and/or the health issue that is most troubling them. Years of supervised training are require to be able to conduct interviews and counselling sessions capable of collecting the information needed for one of these research projects. These interviews and focus groups provide us with powerful evidence that often has a significant impact on how medicines and treatments will be used in the future in Canada and around the world. 
 
For studies of physicians and other health professional decision making, we use different techniques that require even more training and specialized knowledge. Usually, we team up with pharmacists, physicians, and specialists from around the world to design and implement these studies. This means that we often have to travel to other countries to collect our data. 
 
Current Studies
  • Numerous studies are currently being conducted to investigate how people make decisions about medications such as the new classes of insulin for diabetes, antibiotics and antiviral therapies for upper respiratory tract infections, and common medications such as proton pump inhibitors. 
  • We are also studying the methods oncologists currently use to determine if new cancer drugs may be causing patients any harm in research experiments. 
  • International projects include research that is investigating the most effective ways for physicians to talk to patients about their health decisions regarding life style issues such as smoking and weight loss. 
  • The lab has recently received funding from the World Bank to evaluate new ways to determine the impacts of poverty on health in third world countries such as Jamaica and Lebanon. 
  • Graduate student work includes a study of the effects of chronic back pain on peoples’ lives. 
 
Contact Information
Jarold L. Cosby
Office: WC 291
T 905 688 5550 x5340
F 905 688 8364
E jcosby@brocku.ca

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