4 May, 16 | by Bob Phillips
We, the child health community, are proud to focus on ‘well-being’ much more than numerical things, like fractional shortening, GFR or HbA1c*.
In a recent discussion, it was identified that there has been a sociological academic discussion on looking at how interventions in childhood are more about well-becoming rather than well-being.
Which intrigued me … more…
30 Apr, 16 | by Ian Wacogne
You read the trailer, you discussed it with your pals over coffee, animated a snapchat story about it .. and now’s episode 1, AKA: “Regrets”
Frankly, and we need to be honest with you, if you’re a month or two from applying for a senior post, and if this is the first time you’ve thought about this, then you’ve left it too late. If you’re reading this four or five years ahead of application, that’s about right. Here’s the sort of things you should have been doing years ahead of applying for a consultant post.
26 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips
Sometimes in interview work there will be a desire to find out about how and why people make decisions. This can be done in lots of ways – for example, using discrete choice experiments, scenarios/vignettes, multiple choice questions, or card sorting exercises. more…
19 Apr, 16 | by Ian Wacogne
You may be aware that for ages superheros lived in comics, or graphic novels, with faint nostalgic hints at TV shows from long ago. They emerged into film, then series of films, and then spilled into flooding the TV market with 13-episode long story arcs and much brooding.
Following this media sensation, and after the blazing success of the cinema-esque ‘Tops Tips for New Consultants”, and the marginally less successful sequel “Top Part-time Tips for New Consultants” the studio feel that now is the time to launch a full series of blogs about the transition between senior trainee and early career consultant.
So here’s the trailer … starring Ian Wacogne, Vin Diwakar, and Helen Jenkinson …
15 Apr, 16 | by Ian Wacogne
I’ve heard it said, by those ignorant the joys of working in paediatrics, that our chosen speciality is “a bit like veterinary medicine”. Presumably this is a dig at both parties – at paediatricians because our patients couldn’t possible give us a history, could they? And also at vets because, well, their patients really can’t give a history either. more…
14 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips
We recently published, in the F&N edition, a paper reporting an RCT looking at inhaled steroid in wee premature babies to see if the treatment reduced the incidence of death and chronic lung disease.
Did we do a good job?
The trial was prospectively registered, before enrolling patients, randomised and stated it was more…
8 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips
We (doctory, paediatric types) tend to pride ourselves on minimising distress to children and young people wherever possible. A couple of social media interactions over the last few days have made me re-question that – this one
and the follow-up
6 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips
There is a long honoured tradition in a number of specialities, and sub-specialities, of knowing The Landmark Trials. The studies that demonstrated that something works or that some method is better than another.
But Landmark Trials are bunkum.
1 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips
New research in a qualitative area can be tricky – how do you know what you should be looking at or how you understand the way people are thinking?
One method would be “grounded theory”.
The technique here is to take a whole bunch of information – unclear on what it might be all about – and look to see what ideas emerge (themes). You then take these ideas and drive forward into the data – or new data – and confirm or deny these ideas. You ground your emerging theoretical understanding in the data you collect
30 Mar, 16 | by Bob Phillips
Inspired by the wisdom of @ian_wac in the previous post, I wracked my brain to think of five top tips that I would give (if ever asked) on “How to be a Consultant”.