Every day during September we will post up an idea for you to vote on. The most popular ideas will become the things that the inaugural Organizing Committee of the Critical Physiotherapy Network focuses on in 2015. So please make sure you cast your vote at the bottom of each post.
One of the most astonishing things I’ve learnt in setting up this group has been the amount of critical research that people are doing in physiotherapy that I had absolutely no idea about. Now I don’t think of myself as someone who ignores other people’s research, or as someone who is particularly selective about what they read. And I don’t think that my curating skills are so bad that I wouldn’t see a prime piece of critical thinking if it appeared on my computer one day. The problems I face are probably the same problems we all face these days; the shear volume of research and the difficulty of filtering out the wheat from the chaff.
Here’s one example of a revelation I had a few weeks ago when I had some correspondence with one of the network’s participants. Målfrid Råheim is professor of physiotherapy at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen in Norway. I had heard of Målfrid’s research and used a paper she had collaborated on for a lecture I had given to one of our second year student groups (Øien, Råheim, et al, 2009), but I had no idea just how much research Målfrid had done. When I saw Målfrid’s CV, I was frankly a little embarrassed to see how much research she and her team were doing that I had absolutely no idea had been published. Here is a sample of Målfrid’s publications for the last two years:Andersen, J., Gjengedal, E., Sandberg, S., Råheim, M. (2014). A skin disease, a blood disease or something in between? An exploratory focus group study of patients’ experiences with porphyria cutanea tarda. British Journal of Dermatology 2014 June 24, doi: 10.1111/bjd.13198. Natvik, E., Gjengedal, E., Moltu, C., Råheim, M. (2014). Re-embodying Eating: Patients’ Experiences 5 Years After Bariatric Surgery. Qualitative Health Research, doi: 10.1177/1049732314548687. Sviland, R., Martinsen, K., Råheim, M. (2014). To be held and to hold one’s own: narratives of embodied transformation in the treatment of long lasting musculoskeletal problems. Medicine Health Care and Philosophy, doi: 10.1007/s11019-014-9562-0 Taule, T., Råheim, M. (2014). Life changed existentially: a qualitative study of experiences at 6-8 months after mild stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.904448 Warholm, C., Øien, A. M., Råheim, M. (2014). The ambivalence of losing weight after bariatric surgery. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 9, 22876 – http//dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v9.22876 Groven, K. S., Råheim, M., Engelsrud, G. (2013). Changing Bodies, Changing Habits: Women’s Experiences of High Intensity Training Following Weight Loss Surgery. Health Care for Women International, DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2013.794465. Groven, K.S., Råheim, M., Braithwaite, J., Engelsrud, G. (2013). Weight loss surgery as a tool for changing lifestyle? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, DOI 10.1007/s11019-013-9471-7 Iversen, A. S., Graue, M., Råheim, M. (2013). At the edge of vulnerability – lived experience of parents of children with cerebral palsy going through surgery. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 8: 20007 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v8i0.20007 Natvik, E., Gjengedal, E., Råheim, M. Totally changed, yet still the same: Patients’ lived experience 5 years beyond bariatric surgery. Qualitative Health Research, DOI: 10.1177/1049732313501888. Sekse, R. J., Gjengedal, E., Råheim, M. (2013). Living in a Changed Female Body After Gyneacological Cancer. Health Care for Women International, 34, 1, 14-33. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2011.645965
You’d have to agree it’s a pretty impressive list, and I know for a fact that there is research here I can definitely use in my teaching and further research. But I couldn’t help thinking how much better it would be if we had all of these articles held in secure storage so that people within the group could access them easily. Of course, copyright issues discourage us from setting up our own archive, but there are now a growing number of Internet resources that side-step these issues and offer papers up regardless (see Library Genesis, for example).
So should we offer our members a secure repository to make other member’s research readily available?
Øien AM, Råheim M, Iversen S, Steihaug S. (2009). Self-perception as embodied knowledge – changing processes for patients with chronic pain. Advances in Physiotherapy, 11, 121-129.
Post update: please note that voting closed on 7 October 2014 (results are available here), but please feel free to post your comments in the space below.
Since this idea was first published in September 2014, work is underway to develop a network eLibrary of resources for members to access online.