Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the challenges and positive experiences of researchers who work with people who have experienced an acquired brain injury and their families. Methods: People who were currently or had previously worked as a researcher in the field of acquired brain injury (using either quantitative or qualitative methods) were invited to participate in a focus group or individual interview about their experiences. An expert reference group meeting was held to discuss strategies that could be implemented to enhance the researcher experience based on the interview data. Results: A total of 19 researchers who worked across four different research teams took part in the study. Six inter-connected themes were identified: researcher motivation, meaning and fulfillment; human connection; knowing and understanding the role; complexity of brain injury in the research context; the research process; and state of the researcher. A number of recommendations for supporting researchers more effectively were identified. Discussion: Researchers described a number of positive aspects as well as tensions they encountered in their role. The findings highlight the need to ensure researchers are supported effectively to ensure the quality of research studies in the field of brain injury.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Brain Injury on 19/03/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.3109/02699052.2014.1002422
- Brain injury
- qualitative descriptive
- researcher-subject relations