Tag Archives: Methods and methodology

Are systematic reviews simply adding to research waste?

What are some of the key current problems with systematic reviews – and what can we do about them?

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Mixed methods and corny metaphors

How often does “mixed methods” mean “mixed methods”? Not quite as often as we might hope…

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Did you catch the anglerfish? Navigating the depths of qualitative research

How should we go about presenting qualitative health services research which is rigorous, rich, but also able to be understood by a wide audience? Jenni Burt argues you should reach the depths, but maybe not tell everyone about it…

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Asking the right questions

One of the great things about Twitter is that you get to read other peoples’ takes on things. Matthew Hankins, for example, posts people’s interpretations of p-values (under the hashtag #stillnotsignificant), which are more entertaining than you might think. A few weeks ago he posted the conclusion from a paper which read: “we were quite …read more

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Keeping Cochrane reviews up-to-date

The Cochrane Collaboration is an organisation that conducts systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.  The idea is that they are updated periodically (every 2 years) so that they provide the best evidence on what works and what doesn’t. After 21 years of existence, the Cochrane Library now holds over 6000 reviews by some 20,000 volunteer authors.  …read more

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Writing a paper? Steal some ideas from storytellers

Recently, I have spent a lot of time sighing over papers I have been asked to review, usually scribbling furiously in various margins “WHAT IS THE STORY HERE?” In team meetings, we often plan out papers by sketching out “the story” – what it is we want people to understand and take away from this …read more

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Interliteracy: The promise (and pitfalls) of multidisciplinary research

In her recent inaugural lecture as Professor of Sociology at Cambridge, Sarah Franklin referred to the idea of ‘interliteracy’, which she defines as ‘disciplined reading across disciplines.’ Franklin’s inclusion of ‘disciplined’ is important because it highlights the importance of rigour, strategy, and design when working across disciplines. What she has in mind when she speaks …read more

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