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Clinical research potential in Victorian hospitals: the Victorian clinician researcher needs analysis survey

Hiscock, Harriet, Ledgerwood, Kay, Danchin, Margaret, Ekinci, Elif, Johnson, Elizabeth and Wilson, Andrew (2014). Clinical research potential in Victorian hospitals: the Victorian clinician researcher needs analysis survey. Internal Medicine Journal,44(5):477-482.

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IRMA ID 11035xPUB58
Title Clinical research potential in Victorian hospitals: the Victorian clinician researcher needs analysis survey
Author Hiscock, Harriet
Ledgerwood, Kay
Danchin, Margaret
Ekinci, Elif
Johnson, Elizabeth
Wilson, Andrew
Journal Name Internal Medicine Journal
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 44
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1444-0903   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84900009061
Start Page 477
End Page 482
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Background
The 2012 McKeon Review highlighted the role of clinician researchers in patient based research and the need to foster this capacity. While anecdotal evidence suggests that clinician researchers are under threat and underfunded, Australian data on barriers and enablers of clinician-led research are scant.

Aims

To describe (i) characteristics of clinician researchers; (ii) for research-active clinicians: areas of research, barriers/enablers of research and factors associated with funding success; and (iii) for research-inactive clinicians: enablers of future research.

Methods

An online survey distributed through the Bio21 Cluster to clinicians (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals) in 15 Victorian hospitals between November 2011 and January 2012.

Results

Seven hundred and seventy of 1027 (75%) of respondents were research-active and were more likely to be male, medical doctors, aged 45–54 years, to work full-time and have a higher degree (all P < 0.01). Of clinicians with a higher degree, 28% were research-inactive. Clinicians identified protected research time (50%), designated research space (42%), clinical trial coordinators (35%), institutional funding (34%) and mentoring (33%) as critical enablers of research. Research-inactive clinicians identified protected research time as the key enabler of future research.

Conclusions

To realise recommendations in the McKeon Review, hospitals and research bodies will need to protect research time and provide space and funding. Engaging research-inactive clinicians will build research capacity.
Keywords clinical research
hospital based research
translational medicine research
health services research
nursing research
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.12396   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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