This week, I conducted the second day of my data collection, which included five observations and four audio recordings. I have really enjoyed visiting different patients with health professionals and learning how professionals in different fields work together in elderly care.
My biggest achievement of the week is that I finished writing and submitting my conference proposal and fieldwork report. I am very happy that I managed this as I haven’t been able to spend much time writing since January.
It took some time for me to start data collection. I didn’t want to begin observations or interviews immediately. First, I wanted to have several face-to-face meetings with physician participants (usually in their office). They didn’t mind doing this. All of them were interested in my research ‘from a researcher perspective’ and they agreed to participate because they were curious about its findings. When I have finished my research, I will share the results with all of the participants. This motivates me in my field research!
My achievements in Week 59:
– Made five observations and four audio recordings.
– Submitted my conference proposal.
– Contacted all prospective participants (11 physicians) – and they all agreed to participate.
– Made leaflets to recruit patient participants for audio recordings and focus group.
– Finally finished writing my progress report on field research to share with my supervisors (started working on this a month ago).
Goals for Week 60:
– Finish editing my paper.
– Conduct two-day observations and an interview.
– Celebrate my dad’s 75th birthday!