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Development, implementation and evaluation of a clinical research engagement and leadership capacity building program in a large Australian health care service

Misso, Marie L., Ilic, Dragan, Haines, Terry P., Hutchinson, Alison M., East, Christine E. and Teede, Helena J. 2016, Development, implementation and evaluation of a clinical research engagement and leadership capacity building program in a large Australian health care service, BMC medical education, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0525-4.

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Title Development, implementation and evaluation of a clinical research engagement and leadership capacity building program in a large Australian health care service
Author(s) Misso, Marie L.
Ilic, Dragan
Haines, Terry P.
Hutchinson, Alison M.ORCID iD for Hutchinson, Alison M. orcid.org/0000-0001-5065-2726
East, Christine E.
Teede, Helena J.
Journal name BMC medical education
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-01-14
ISSN 1472-6920
Keyword(s) research capacity building
clinical research
medical education
leadership
evidence-based practice
Summary BACKGROUND: Health professionals need to be integrated more effectively in clinical research to ensure that research addresses clinical needs and provides practical solutions at the coal face of care. In light of limited evidence on how best to achieve this, evaluation of strategies to introduce, adapt and sustain evidence-based practices across different populations and settings is required. This project aims to address this gap through the co-design, development, implementation, evaluation, refinement and ultimately scale-up of a clinical research engagement and leadership capacity building program in a clinical setting with little to no co-ordinated approach to clinical research engagement and education.

METHODS/DESIGN: The protocol is based on principles of research capacity building and on a six-step framework, which have previously led to successful implementation and long-term sustainability. A mixed methods study design will be used. Methods will include: (1) a review of the literature about strategies that engage health professionals in research through capacity building and/or education in research methods; (2) a review of existing local research education and support elements; (3) a needs assessment in the local clinical setting, including an online cross-sectional survey and semi-structured interviews; (4) co-design and development of an educational and support program; (5) implementation of the program in the clinical environment; and (6) pre- and post-implementation evaluation and ultimately program scale-up. The evaluation focuses on research activity and knowledge, attitudes and preferences about clinical research, evidence-based practice and leadership and post implementation, about their satisfaction with the program. The investigators will evaluate the feasibility and effect of the program according to capacity building measures and will revise where appropriate prior to scale-up.

DISCUSSION: It is anticipated that this clinical research engagement and leadership capacity building program will enable and enhance clinically relevant research to be led and conducted by health professionals in the health setting. This approach will also encourage identification of areas of clinical uncertainty and need that can be addressed through clinical research within the health setting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0525-4
Field of Research 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
1117 Public Health And Health Services
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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