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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsRUTH BARTLETT: I think my main piece of advice for someone who's starting out with a research project is to look at what's happening around them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWILL JENNINGS: So you want it to be interesting, something that's going to motivate you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 secondsDAVID READ: So make sure it hasn't been asked before.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsDRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Be realistic.

Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsJON COPLEY: Spend quite a bit of time defining the question.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsWILL JENNINGS: I think you need to ask a question that's actually falsifiable.

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 secondsLIZ CLUETT: Because they're going to know what their experience is. They're going to know what's important to them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 secondsDRAGANA MLADENOVIC: So you need to be a bit honest as well.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsDAVID READ: If possible, ask an expert for advice. If you're not working in the sensitive area of research, that might be a useful way to get some tips.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsLIZ CLUETT: So talk to the participants or potential participants, talk to staff, read the literature and go from there.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsJON COPLEY: Because that will help you focus all of your efforts when you actually get into doing the research.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsLIZ CLUETT: I don't think there is one research tool that I use.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsRUTH BARTLETT: It's not just about asking someone to write in a diary, in a notebook.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsWILL JENNINGS: I like to compile lots of data.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsFILIPPO FAZI: Very often, we don't have to look outside of us to try and find the best research tool.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsLIZ CLUETT: I think it depends on what the topic is.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsJON COPLEY: There are so many possible research tools out there now. Of course, the internet is a major source of information but we have to be very careful.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsDRAGANA MLADENOVIC: I find mind mapping exceptionally useful.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsFILIPPO FAZI: The best research tool is always the brain.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsLIZ CLUETT: What would work with academics and staff in health care wouldn't already work with patients. So it very much depends on what you're doing, when you're doing it, how you're doing it and that's about seeking lots of advice before you start.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsRUTH BARTLETT: So it's a really flexible, versatile research tool.

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