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Do GPs Make Good Research Participants?

Neilson, Susan (2015) Do GPs Make Good Research Participants? In: Royal College of General Practitioners (Midland Faculty) and University of Worcester Annual Research & Innovation Symposium: Best Evidence & Best Research, 25th June 2015, City Campus, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Childhood cancers cause the largest numbers of deaths by disease in children aged 0-14 years1 with more than 400 children a year dying from cancer in the UK.2 Parental preference for their child to die within the family home2 coupled with the speciality of children’s palliative care medicine being still in its infancy, highlights the importance of the GP’s role in this highly specialised area of clinical practice. An understanding of the GP’s role will help inform the development of this specialty and identify best collaborative practice.
A NIHR/CAT CL funded study examined the role of the GP in paediatric oncology palliative and bereavement care from the perspective of both the GP and the bereaved parent. This presentation will detail how GPs were approached and recruited, the reasons GPs declined participation and factors influencing the actual data collection.
The mixed method study used both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.
Phase 1: Semi-structured interviews to explore the experiences of GPs and parents.
Phase 2: Q methodology with GPs who had a child with cancer on their caseload. Q methodology is a research tool that uses statistical analysis to cluster participants’ experiences according to similarity of their viewpoint
The method and effectiveness of recruiting GPs for both phases of the study will be presented. In addition factors influencing collecting such emotive and sensitive data will be discussed.
Researcher flexibility and perseverance in participant recruitment was rewarded by the rich data collected. Findings from this study have identified four different GP role viewpoints and have provided a new dimension in understanding GP viewpoints on their role in this arena.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: children, cancer, palliative care, GPs
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Susan Neilson
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 11:31
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:13

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