Decolonising research methodologies

“Research” is probably one of the dirtiest words in the Indigenous world’s vocabulary. When mentioned in many Indigenous contexts it stirs up silences, conjures up bad memories…It is so powerful that Indigenous people even write poetry about research. The ways in which scientific research is implicated in the worst excesses of colonialism remains a powerful remembered history…

Observational studies:

Observational studies are designed to predict some sort of relationship between variables. They usually start with an observation of some sort of association. Like chocolate consumption being linked with Nobel prizes. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine shows a correlation between the national consumption of chocolate and the national yield of Nobel prizes .…

Sustainability and the management of research waste

I’ve been thinking a lot about earthworms and medical research lately. All this discussion around the research/ education/ clinical ecosystems reminds me of the importance of earthworms. Research is everywhere. Apparently, there are over 25 000 randomized controlled trials published every year. Which, in terms of research sustainability, means I should think long and hard before…

Explorative studies: modelling medical education

Continuing our series on the the research compass, explorative studies are an important first step in understanding educational practice. The aim of these studies is modelling. These studies focus on identifying, describing and analyzing  characteristics and mechanisms of phenomena, behaviours, interventions, measurement instruments etc. In order to establish best practice, it is always important to understand in…