Study update

Well it’s been a week and a half since I posted…so I thought I better provide a quick update on the progress of the student study. So far I have recruited 13 participants and tested 10. This equates to 15% of the sample I need to properly power my study. So recruitment is a little slower than I had hoped. For that reason I am going to go back to ethics to get permission to use posters and maybe announcements at the end of 4th year lectures. This will take a couple of months to come into effect, but will help me bolster recruitment next year as well. I just wish I had included it in my original application. With hindsight it would have been sensible, but this is the first time I have recruited students to take part in my research as all the other research I have done / collected data for has involved healthcare professionals or patients as participants and we don’t tend to use posters and sign up sheets for these groups (as often we are working at multiple sites). Still the point of a PhD is to learn and to reflect on one’s practice as a researcher so I will try not to kick myself too much. I will update again in the near future hopefully with some more positive recruitment figures.

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