Developing R&D capacity in a primary care trust : use of the R&D culture index

Whitford, David, Walker, Caron, Jelley, Diana, Clarke, Charlotte and Watson, Bill (2006) Developing R&D capacity in a primary care trust : use of the R&D culture index. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 6 (1). pp. 17-23. ISSN 14634236

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There has traditionally been a low level of engagement of primary care practitioners with research. In the UK, primary care trusts (PCTs) now have some responsibility for the encouragement of research and development in primary care. The aim of this study was to assess the current level of research activity and capacity for research within a PCT. A questionnaire, incorporating a recently developed and validated research and development culture index, was sent to all 572 health care professionals and staff under the auspices of North Tyneside Research PCT. Data analysis used nonparametric tests of association including chi-squared, Mann–Whitney U and Spearman's rank order correlation. There was a 50.3 per cent response rate to the questionnaire. Groups more likely to show an increased capacity for research included those with postgraduate qualifications and those in post for the least time. General practitioners were less likely than other professional groupings to declare personal skills or aptitude for research. The two most important factors thought to contribute towards the development of a culture of R&D were having access to people to support development and changes in professional practice and having access to training and development opportunities. The use of the R&D culture index enabled groups to be identified that may be more research interested and can therefore be targeted to increase research capacity. The R&D culture index could be used by other PCTs wishing to define and develop research capacity in primary care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Primary care, Questionnaires
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 09:16
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 11:49

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