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!
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)