#365papers January Update

In my first post on this blog, I set myself 3 PhD-related goals for 2017. One of those goals was to read more widely, and more frequently, and I decided that doing the #365papers challenge would be a good way to do that.

Here’s my first update, covering the month of January. Overall, I’ve found this a really good month for reading – I tended to skip a few days and then do an afternoon of reading to catch up. At first I felt a bit guilty about that; I wasn’t reading every day, but I’ve found this works for me. I think I get more out of the papers if I have a longer period of time to sit down and really unpick the work, I get into some sort of rhythm and then the time seems to be spent more productively.

My reading list started out with a few pretty general papers; I was looking for papers covering clinical trial recruitment in a broad way so that I could then move on to reading quirkier, small scale primary research. I’ve kept a log of everything that I’ve read so far, including brief notes and any points that I want to come back to – e.g. comments on style of writing or presentation methods that I like and want to bring into my own work, as well as any critique of the methods used.

January’s reading:

  1. Current challenges in clinical trial patient recruitment and enrolment
  2. The recruitment of patients into clinical trials
  3. Seminars may increase recruitment to randomised controlled trials: lessons learned from WISDOM
  4. Barriers to clinical trial recruitment in head and neck cancer
  5. Re: Haddad et al. Barriers to clinical trial recruitment in head and neck cancer
  6. Trials and tribulations: obstacles to clinical trial recruitment
  7. What difference does patient and public involvement make and what are its pathways to impact? Qualitative study of patients and researchers from a cohort of randomised clinical trials
  8. Using qualitative research methods to improve recruitment to randomised controlled trials: The Quartet study
  9. Optimising recruitment and informed consent in randomised controlled trials: the development and implementation of the Quintet Recruitment Intervention (QRI)
  10. A survey of facilitators and barriers to recruitment to the MAGNETIC trial
  11. Using Facebook ads with traditional paper mailings to recruit adolescent girls for a clinical trial
  12. An embedded randomised controlled trial of a Teaser Campaign to optimise recruitment in primary care
  13. “You need to be a good listener”: Recruiters’ use of relational communication behaviors to enhance clinical trial and research study accrual
  14. Improving recruitment in clinical trials: why eligible participants decline
  15. Women’s reasons for participation in a clinical trial for menstrual pain: a qualitative study
  16. Challenges in recruitment and retention of clinical trial subjects
  17. Using Facebook to recruit college-age men for a human papillomavirus vaccine trial
  18. Culturally competent strategies for recruitment and retention of African-American populations into clinical trials
  19. Recruitment challenges in a diabetes prevention trial in a low- and middle-income setting
  20. Recruiting to clinical trials on the telephone – a randomised controlled trial
  21. Recruitment strategies and challenges in a large intervention trial: Systolic blood pressure intervention trial
  22. Examination of participant flow in the CONSORT diagram can improve the understanding of the generalizability of study results
  23. Research START: A multimethod study of barriers and accelerators of recruiting research participants
  24. Projection of participant recruitment to primary care research: a qualitative study
  25. Training recruiters to randomised trials to facilitate recruitment and informed consent by exploring patients’ treatment preferences
  26. Using a business model approach and marketing techniques for recruitment to clinical trials
  27. The experience of adolescents participating in a randomised clinical trial in the field of mental health: a qualitative study
  28. What are the roles and valued attributes of a Trial Steering Committee? Ethnographic study of eight clinical trials facing challenges
  29. The role of therapeutic optimism in recruitment to a clinical trial in a peripartum setting: balancing hope and uncertainty
  30. ‘The trial is owned by the team, not by an individual’: a qualitative study exploring the role of teamwork in recruitment to randomised controlled trials in surgical oncology
  31. Recruiting and consenting into a peripartum trial in an emergency setting: a qualitative study of the experiences and views of women and healthcare professionals

Are any of you attempting to read #365papers this year? How’re you finding it so far?


4 responses to “#365papers January Update”

  1. The #365papers goal sounds like a great one! Are they all new papers, or do you find yourself revisiting old ones? (In my 4th year of grad school, I find that reading a paper I read in my first or second year is an entirely different experience now). How do you keep track of your thoughts on each papers, or the questions they bring up? I’m trying to figure out my own best practice, but have been experimenting with keeping google spreadsheets with metadata and quotes/notes.


    1. I’ve revisited old ones – agree completely that reading them is a different experience after learning more! So far I’ve tracked all the papers in a big table in a Word document, I have a ‘notes’ column where I add thoughts/questions etc, and then I highlight bits of text to remind me where I can slot the reference into my work, or take methods etc from the papers. I’ve found that way most simple, and I just save in online storage each time (I use box or dropbox) so I can access it at work or home.


      1. Ok, our approaches sound quite similar – there must be something to it, then! I’ve been thinking about adding my lists/notes to my blog as a dynamic page that updates as I add. It would probably only be useful to a handful of researchers, but a handful is still better than none. Have you ever considered sharing yours? Do you see utility in that, or does it feel too personal?


      2. I did think about that too. Sometimes I feel like the notes are a bit too unfiltered if you know what I mean? Like I’ll put comments/critique that I understand myself but might sound harsh to someone else, so if I was going to add it to my blog I’d need to go through and do a sort of polite re-write! Again I think it would only be helpful for early career researchers/students in my field so I thought it’d be more work than necessary for this month’s update. I guess if people would find that helpful then I would think about doing it in the future. Maybe your notes are a bit more public-friendly than mine?! 🙂


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