To complete this class feeling confident I can apply my knowledge and research skills to professional practice next year. Research is something I may pursue in the future, so I want to continue developing my skills, particularly in critiquing scholarly literature and interpreting statistical analyses. I am looking forward to the peer review task as this will enable me to see my peers’ perspectives on my formative dissertation. It is easy to be blinded by your own prejudices, so receiving peer feedback may improve the effectiveness of my communication, expound on points I have raised, and elicit greater understanding and clarity of ideas.
What are your concerns and challenges this semester?
I think the most challenging aspect of research will be demonstrating time-management and organisational skills. I feel this will be a challenge as we have other classes and clinical placements to undertake. Accordingly, I intend to set weekly targets to ensure I balance my workload and keep myself on track throughout semester. This will help to avoid feeling overwhelmed as the dissertation submission date gets closer.
Research is vital to improving clinical practice. Thepurpose of research within orthoptics enables us asclinicians to acquire knowledge, and utilise this inpractice to provide our patients with the best possiblemanagement and treatment. It is essential to understandhow to review and appraise clinical research findings,and differentiate statistical and clinical significance. Thisleads to evaluation of current clinical practice andimplementing the strongest scientific evidence, whichthen becomes evidence based practice.
Do you feel understanding research is important for orthoptic practice?