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The Complex Interventions Research Group aims to improve the evidence which underpins health care interventions

The Complex Interventions Research Group

Much modern health care practice consists of complex interventions – activities that contain a number of component parts with the potential for interactions between them. When applied to the intended target population these produce a range of variable outcomes. Modern guidance on research methods recommends that the knowledge base for complex interventions in health care should be investigated through a process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation, where there is a dynamic interchange between stages (MRC, 2008).

Allied health care professionals, in particular, have a critical role in meeting health and social care challenges such as an ageing population, chronic diseases and new endemics, at the fore of our regional, national and international health concerns. Increasingly, such professions engage in a wide range of activities, many of which are highly complex and take place in multiple care environments. These include acute medicine, chronic care facilities, mental health, primary care, and residential care homes.

Reviews of research activity in this area show that it is often fragmented, non-programmatic, context bound and descriptive. This situation must change if medicine, nursing and allied health care professionals are to fully realise their potential for making secure evidence based contributions to health and health care.