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A Reflection on the Tensions of Acting in Dual Roles of Doctoral Researcher and Practitioner when Evaluating a Lifestyle Intervention for Breast Cancer Patients

Richardson, Jane, Erol, Rosie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1049-9365 and Bueno, Allain ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9456-8558 (2022) A Reflection on the Tensions of Acting in Dual Roles of Doctoral Researcher and Practitioner when Evaluating a Lifestyle Intervention for Breast Cancer Patients. Journal of Cancer Education. ISSN Electronic: 1543-0154 Print: 0885-8195

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Abstract

This reflection was completed as part of a doctoral project to develop and trial a lifestyle intervention for people following the completion of their treatment for breast cancer. In this study the graduate student acted in the dual roles of nutrition practitioner and researcher. This article uses the experience, reflection, action (ERA) cycle of reflection to consider some of the tensions faced due to the divergent priorities and requirements of these two roles. One challenge occurred during study recruitment when a few potential participants did not meet the inclusion criteria for the study but still wished to attend the intervention sessions. It was also a challenge to mitigate the risks of distress of potentially vulnerable participants during group intervention sessions. In both instances there was a potential conflict between the needs of patients and research requirements. This reflection concluded that the obligations of both roles should be adhered to where possible, but if in doubt, the needs of the participants were paramount.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: reflective research, dual role research, lifestyle intervention evaluation, research ethics
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Copyright Info: © The Author(s) 2022
Depositing User: Rosie Erol
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 14:49
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 14:49
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12153

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