When research goes pear-shaped: report and reflections on a failed study of exercise and manual therapies for rheumatoid arthritis

Cameron, Melainie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5788-8790 (2007) When research goes pear-shaped: report and reflections on a failed study of exercise and manual therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Complementary Health Practice Review, 12 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1533-2101


Abstract

Research projects collapse for a variety of reasons: for example, recruitment problems, sloppy designs, low power, or poor data management. This confessional tale reports on a failed study of the use of exercise and manual therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, solidly established in a quantitative paradigm. This research was an attempt to investigate whether adding a course of manual therapy or water exercise to existing care regimens influenced quality-of-life domains such as mobility, dexterity, and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The study collapsed. The author reports her reflections on the research process and what happens to researchers and participants when studies go awry. This case addresses issues of the personal investments of the researcher, the ethical
treatment of participants, the anxieties and pressures of completing a PhD, and the lack of visibility of studies with nonsignificant findings.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 05:19
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: research; failure; rheumatoid arthritis
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110322 Rheumatology and Arthritis
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320223 Rheumatology and arthritis
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1533210107302439
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38796

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