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Christopher Miller is an Investigator at the VA Boston Healthcare System Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

 

Abstract

Objectives:

(1) To empirically determine common grant-writing challenges; and (2) to compile the most common and frustrating challenges into a Christmas-themed song

Design:

Rapid qualitative analysis

Setting:

A health services research center in the northeastern United States

Participants:

Eight health services research staff with grant submission experience

Results:

Participants revealed common challenges in writing and submitting grants, including: the need for increased caffeine consumption; the rapid pace at which grant guidelines and requirements change; difficulties accommodating limited budgets; attempting to obtain responses from non-responsive co-investigators (Co-Is); developing and formatting seemingly endless appendices; fitting the grant text into page limits; formatting and finalizing letters of support; meeting obscure font size and line spacing requirements; formatting tables and figures; managing problems related to computer malfunctions or network disconnections; dealing with sleep deprivation; and responding to, or anticipating, reviews written by disgruntled grant reviewers.

Conclusions:

The resulting parody song, entitled The Twelve Days of Grants-mas, may provide some measure of comfort, good cheer, and humor to those research staff unfortunate enough to be writing or submitting grants during or near the holiday season.

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The December 9th issue summary podcast is presented by Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief, and Dr. Diane Kelsall, deputy editor.

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Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief, CMAJ
Dr. Diane Kelsall, deputy editor, CMAJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Kelsall discuss the following topics:

  • What matters to patients and their families in end-of-life discussions
  • Ibuprofen versus morphine for post-fracture pain in children
  • How to engage in deprescribing meds
  • Adverse health effects of solitary confinement
  • Importance of head-tilt chin-lift in CPR
  • Pap smears
  • Diagnosis in progressive headache
  • Holiday Reading highlights

And more....

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