I attended a BSA conference last week, ‘It’s a Family Affair: Researching with families’, and it made me reflect… I have researched with (or probably more accurately on) children before. I entered schools and was ‘sent’ children (prepped by their teachers, I presume) one at a time, to have them point to the ‘cup’ or… Continue reading Researching with families
It seems like the world has gone consent-mad at the moment, with even the aliens in Doctor Who unwilling to take over the world without our explicit prior consent. (See for yourself…) In research it is “fundamental”  that people agree to participate, and fully understand what they are getting into i.e. they give ‘informed… Continue reading Consenting in paediatric research
Behavioural change meeting In our latest ECRAG session we had Laura Jones (our behavioural change rep) and Beck Taylor host an interactive and informative session on behavioural change theories- in particular, the behavioural change wheel. Everyone sat in a big, but cosy, circle and we went around introducing who we are and how much experience… Continue reading Behavioural change wheel
As the new official blog writer of ECRAG, I was eager to contribute to one of the sessions and recently gave a talk with the same title as this blog. As I may have mentioned before, for my project ‘Communicating information from MRI: Patient and parent views’, I will be researching patient families about how… Continue reading Preparing for your research: The benefits of shadowing
Whilst discussing the process of interviewing research participants with a colleague, I was asked whether presenting themself as a researcher rather than a medical doctor would help them get more ‘honest’ answers. Thinking about such things is important for research, though it is, to some extent, insoluble. The interviewer will have an impact on the… Continue reading Reflecting on interviews…
Hello ECRAGers! In November’s meeting we were lucky to have Dr. Emma Frew, reader in Health Economics, guiding us through the NIHR fellowships application process. The session was filled with practical examples that Emma drew from her experience as a member of the NIHR panel and as a NIHR fellow herself. If you plan to… Continue reading “Funding and fellowships: insights from an NIHR Career Development Fellow” with Dr Emma Frew
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!