Researchers are supposed to question everything (even our own presumptions), because ultimately, we can’t deny the facts. Though I’m finding this easier said than done with the recent Women in Medicine and Science (WAMS) event I attended! Female academics, on average, produce fewer articles than male academics . The ‘common sense’ understanding would be that… Continue reading The reason for the productivity gap in female academics is…. Not what you think!
Hello ECRAGers! Our meeting at the end of August started with the ice-breaker question “If you could choose any device to help you in your everyday life, what would you like to have?” Whilst I’m sure we would all have a lovely long wish list, some of the favourites included a device to translate thoughts… Continue reading Exploring the Theoretical Domains Framework
I recently attended a very entertaining and interesting talk by a chronic kidney disease doctor, ‘The who, why and where of clinical research: a personal view’. As the title promised, Dr Charles Ferro, presented a personal view on his medical career and (a few of) the things he’d learnt along the way about research. One… Continue reading How to stay motivated in research
Routinely collected electronic medical records are an important resource for researchers. They offer a relatively cheaper, faster and more accessible alternative to costly epidemiological studies which recruit patients. The Health Improvement Network (THIN) is a database of anonymised electronic primary care medical records which can be accessed through the University of Birmingham. The THIN… Continue reading Research using electronic medical records: The Health Improvement Network (THIN)
Being a sociologist, working in a hospital full of doctors, nurses and medical scientists, throws up a number of interesting challenges. Perhaps the first and most noticeable one was encountering a bewildering array of medical acronyms and jargon. On a related note, some words no longer have the same meaning, though I tend to find… Continue reading “A rose by any other name…”
Hello dearest ECRAG-ers, This month we were fortunate to have not 1, not 2, but 3 guest speakers! The session was titled ‘my career path’ and was presented by: Dr Laura Jones: Lecturer in qualitative and mixed-methods applied health research Dr Amanda Farley: Lecturer in epidemiology Dr Shamil Haroon: Clinical research fellow It was only… Continue reading ‘My career path’ talk- April 2016
Years of studying sociological theories, research methodologies, and gaining experience in data collection and analysis can only take you so far. In the current research climate, it is seen as a form of good practice for research to be informed by the opinions of the public. The NIHR (National Institute of Health Research), who are… Continue reading What exactly is PPI? (in a research sense…)