129- Different Research Designs: What Can We Get Out of Each? with Dr. Stephen May

Feb 13, 2024

πŸ’­ " The research question is what dictates your study design. If your research question is about interventions, then a randomized controlled trial is the obvious choice." -   Dr. Stephen May

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Our guest is Dr. Stephen May MA, FCSP, Dip MDT, MSc, PhD. Stephen May trained as a physiotherapist in Leeds, UK, and graduated in 1990; he then worked in the NHS, UK, in musculoskeletal care. In 2002 he became a senior lecturer and then Reader at Sheffield Hallam University teaching on research issues and musculoskeletal care, and supervising many MSc and PhD students. He has written textbooks with Robin McKenzie detailing Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the Extremities (2000), Lumbar Spine (2003), and Cervical Spine (2006), chapters in textbooks, and articles in scientific journals; with over 100 publications in total. He has served on several national and international committees relating to guideline development and the McKenzie Institute and has peer-reviewed numerous international physical therapy and musculoskeletal journals. In 2006 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for contributions to the profession. He has more or less retired since 2019. 


πŸ“šYou will learn about:

β–ͺ️ Stephen's story and career

β–ͺ️ Brief description, uses, limitations, weaknesses and advantages of each research design:

  • Case Studies 
  • Surveys
  • Cohort
  • Qualitative
  • Delphi
  • RCTs 
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Meta-analysis


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