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Understanding the implications of research design

I have previously written about improving research literacy to gain greater understanding of mental health research.  In that post, I described some of the terms commonly used in research.  In this post, I'll talk about some of the common types of research design for both quantitative and qualitative studies. Quantitative research Quantitative studies yield quantifiable … Continue reading Understanding the implications of research design

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Media literacy week: How to be a discerning Wikipedia user

It's Media Literacy Week November 5-9, 2018, so I wanted to write about media literacy when it comes to one of my favourite go-to sources of information, Wikipedia.  We've come a long way since I was in high school and the World Book Encyclopedia reigned supreme.  Still, with World Book you could pretty confident that the information … Continue reading Media literacy week: How to be a discerning Wikipedia user

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Vaccines and autism: The link that doesn’t exist

Chances are, you've heard the idea that vaccines can cause autism.  This notion is championed by various organizations and individuals, one of the most prominent being actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  She has an autism-related organization called Generation Rescue, and on its website is a guide to vaccine safety. … Continue reading Vaccines and autism: The link that doesn’t exist

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Why research literacy matters in mental health

We are regularly bombarded with news of the latest scientific research findings, and sometimes it seems like you can find a study to tell you just about anything.  My concern with news reporting of research is that many people (including members of the media) have relatively limited research literacy.  Research literacy refers to the ability … Continue reading Why research literacy matters in mental health

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