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Challenges of Undertaking an Action Research Project and Lessons Learnt from a Supervised Novice Researcher's Perspectives

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This case study provides a lived experience of a post-graduate student undertaking an action research project with the assistance of her research supervisor. The rationale behind the choice of research methods and ethical dilemmas from the student's and supervisor's perspectives is addressed. The academic journey took place when I used action research as a theoretical framework, focusing on change and development of clinical practice. The project, part of my MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, evaluated the implementation of a Specifically Designed Continence Assessment Pathway Tool in two nursing homes in London. This case study also offers an account of collaborative practice between myself and my supervisor, the design and methods used in the project, including the journey through the project's ethical rejection and eventual approval. The Ethics Committee had suggested that the project could be biased due to my proximity to the participants, as I could have the power to influence the nursing homes' staff. I almost gave up on the project. However, I'm glad that I didn't. Nonetheless, I argue that the closeness of the researcher to the study is an essential part of action research to encourage change and development to practice.

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