Week 52: The last week of 2017

I am about to leave for my four-month fieldwork in Japan. All the preparation – recruiting research participants, preparing ethics statements and consent forms, and confirming research locations – is done. But there is still some preparation to be done for the conducting of focus groups of patients, which will provide supplemental data in the […]

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Week 51: Our first Christmas together

My research workload was small in Week 51. I spent most of the time contacting research participants, shopping for Christmas stuff and cleaning the kitchen, dining space and bathroom. On Tuesday, my supervisor invited me to lunch. It was a pleasure to have a nice farewell lunch with her before my departure for fieldwork. In […]

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Week 50: Christmas socials

I attended Christmas socials at my school and enjoyed having a chat with PhD colleagues whom I had not had an opportunity to talk to. We discussed our research methods and shared some concerns about analysis over drinks. It was very useful to exchange our thoughts and experiences of research life. Some of the participants […]

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Week 49: Paperwork and social

One of the research participants suggested I increase the font size of the consent forms to make them easier to read. I changed the size from 11 pt to 12-14 pt and the line spacing from single to 1.2. I had used the original format, but academic documents tend to be written in small text […]

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Week 48: The last meeting before departure

It is hard to believe that December is already upon us, with the end of the year just ahead. How quickly time passes. This week, I had the last supervision meeting of 2017 and gained much advice on how I should prepare for my fieldwork, observations and focus groups. (I ended up including focus groups […]

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Week 47: Methodological amendments

I made some methodological amendments to my research. I had planned to conduct interviews and focus groups for qualitative data collection, but decided not to conduct them, and to devote my fieldwork to observing and recording real-life clinical consultations, and to analyse the audio data. The main reason for this amendment is that my fieldwork […]

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