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Learning from pandemic precarity: The future of early career researchers in qualitative health research

Tremblett, Madeleine; Tremblett, Maddie; Douglass, Tom; Joyce, Jack; Anderson, Alistair; Flint, Natalie; Spratt, Tanisha

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Authors

Madeleine Tremblett

Maddie Tremblett

Tom Douglass

Jack Joyce

Alistair Anderson

Natalie Flint

Tanisha Spratt



Abstract

This commentary is a critical reflection by early career researchers (ECRs) working in qualitative health research (QHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consequences of the pandemic have been acutely felt by ECRs working in QHR. Many studies stopped, almost overnight, as healthcare institutions restricted access and redeployed staff, forcing researchers to redesign or even abandon projects. We reflect on the burden of these challenges for insecurely employed QHR ECRs and discuss the approaches adopted to retain scientific integrity and redesign studies. We also highlight the impact of COVID-19 on career development and relationship building – both during the emergency pandemic period and in the reshaped context of academia that continues to operate under the long shadow of COVID-19. We conclude by outlining a programme of change for how the practice and organisation of QHR could be reshaped, identifying opportunities for learning from the pandemic. Embracing these learnings will benefit not only the careers and wellbeing of QHR ECRs, but also universities, funders and the overall health and future of QHR.

Citation

Tremblett, M., Tremblett, M., Douglass, T., Joyce, J., Anderson, A., Flint, N., & Spratt, T. (2023). Learning from pandemic precarity: The future of early career researchers in qualitative health research. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 4, 100335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100335

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 8, 2023
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2023
Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2023
Journal SSM - Qualitative Research in Health
Print ISSN 2667-3215
Electronic ISSN 2667-3215
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Article Number 100335
Pages 100335
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100335
Keywords COVID-19 pandemic, Early career researcher, Qualitative health research, Precarity
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/11126709
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667321523001191?via%3Dihub

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