The Committee on Capability Building of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A -Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (HRDCR IV-A-PCHRD) headed by Dr. Rommel Salazar and supervised by Dr. Melchor Victor G. Frias, IV, Convenor of HRDCR IV-A, held the “Health Research Writing Workshop using Mixed Method” last June 29 to July 01, 2016 at the Hotel Dominique, Tagaytay City. The activity was attended by thirty-four (34) researchers, health professionals and clinical trainees (residents) who are planning or conducting health research projects/studies using qualitative and mixed methods.
The workshop included lectures by Dr. Erlyn A. Sana and Dr. Melfor A. Atienza, full-time Professors at the National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions University of the Philippines Manila. Dr. Sana is a health professions educator, health social scientist, educational consultant, evaluator and researcher while Dr. Atienza has been named by UP Manila as its Most Outstanding Teacher twice, in 2006 and 2012, in recognition of her dedication to teaching and the various innovations she has used in her classes to improve her craft.
With the effective speakers and lively interactions, activities and topics became clear and easy to understand according to the participants. They were able to formulate relevant research questions and choose the appropriate method (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) to use for their specific health problems and socio-cultural settings and apply theoretical concepts and models to specific research questions and infer their implications for methodology. The participants who were grouped according to their institutions were also able to develop research proposals.