Study update

Writing this blog has been a lesson in both how busy I am some weeks and also how lazy I can be a times.

me about to have a quick snooze on the train

A great friend of mine told me when I started this that having a blog is like having a hungry child – or maybe just a child – it always needs looking after. Well I have well and truly failed as a blog-mother. I haven’t written on here nearly as much as I planned to, or about any of the things I thought I might write about. I have been busy, unusually busy actually, but I think there is also something else stopping me – mostly I want to avoid writing things on here which I would like to write-up for a conference abstract or a paper. This is because I have been told (although being a lazy person I have not researched this myself) that there are some restrictions with regards to academic journals publishing information that is already in the public domain elsewhere – or so I am told. The annoying thing is that all the bits I want to write-up formally are all the bits I am most excited about and engaged with. Eventually if they get published or if no-one wants to publish them I will post them / a link to the publication here but that could be like a year away or longer. 

I need to think again about what this blog is for because mainly I want this blog to be great, and a reflection of how enthusiastic I am about my research and the fields of pharmacy practice / psychology. At the moment this blog does neither of these things. There is only one solution I am going to have to start brainstorming some more interesting material than study updates!

Having said all that – I do want to do a quick update on my progress – I know this is a very dry topic – but I’ve enjoyed seeing my progress over the last few months (as slow as it has been sometimes). The great news is I have almost finished the qualitative follow-up part of my student study – and it has gone better than I could have hoped in many respects. Firstly I had so many volunteers I was able to strategically select student pharmacists with varying levels of work experience. This is great as it means I have successfully recruited my whole sample for this follow-up and I had given myself until next year to do that. Finally one thing that is happening ahead of schedule! The less great news is that I have only managed to test and recruit 21 participants for the experimental part of my student study and sadly there are no more offers of participation coming through from students. Thankfully this is not the disaster it could be as the ethics came through today saying I could extend my study period which is great as it means I can contact the students again next feb when all of them are back (including those on placement) to see if they will take part in my study. Phew!

Right – study update over – I am off to brainstorm now – a good activity for a Friday afternoon I think!

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