Category Archives: Thinking about research

Health Research Should Be Crowd-Funded Through Kickstarter

This is the text of my *humble cough* winning Dangerous Ideas Soapbox presentation at yesterday’s SAPC conference. Not entirely sure how much of this I got in during the 2 minute (and strictly adhered to) time slot, but this is … Continue reading

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Open Academia: Embracing interaction over transmission

Victoria Betton made some excellent observations earlier this week on the challenges of straddling the open world of social networking with the formal and closed traditions of academia. One point, drawn from David Price’s book on open learning and sharing, … Continue reading

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Add To Cart? What online shopping can teach us about patient-centred services.

Mark Duman, from Monmouth Partners and PIF Online, gave an excellent seminar at our Centre earlier this week. He made lots of very good points, about what it means to be an active patient and why the NHS doesn’t – … Continue reading

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Turn on the lights: Why ‘changing minds’ and ‘changing policies’ shouldn’t be exclusive.

“You never ask the barber if you need a haircut…” I used to use this phrase, jokingly, in presentations about the importance of psychological approaches to understanding health. The (admittedly not very funny) joke was that, as a psychologist myself, … Continue reading

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Sharing is Caring: On trial data sharing in health research

I’ve been following the #EHILive updates today on twitter about the future of digital health.  There seems to be a lot of attention on the issue of open data or data sharing, and the potential of this to gain new … Continue reading

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Post-It Power: Low-tech approaches to user co-design (and why they’re more advanced than the ones we tend to use!)

When I first dabbled in “user led design”, working with experts in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Design Science, one of the most striking things at first was how low-tech it all is. They used exciting words like … Continue reading

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Going For Gold? Twitter and Impact Factors

I saw a great analogy on twitter the other day, about how asking how to get ‘the most’ out of twitter was like asking ‘How you do get a gold medal at the Olympics?’ The answer: It depends entirely on … Continue reading

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