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A Feasibility Study Of Administering The Electronic Research And Development Culture Index To The Multidisciplinary Workforce In A UK Teaching Hospital

Authors Hollis R, Ersser SJ, Iles-Smith H, Milnes LJ, Munyombwe T, Sanders C, Swallow V

Received 6 June 2019

Accepted for publication 11 October 2019

Published 19 November 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 935—945


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Rachel Hollis,1 Steven J Ersser,2 Heather Iles-Smith,3,4 Linda Jane Milnes,5 Theresa Munyombwe,6 Cilla Sanders,5 Veronica Swallow5

1The Children’s Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK; 2Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK; 3Research and Innovation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK; 4Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; 5School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; 6School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Correspondence: Rachel Hollis
Paediatric Oncology Offices, Martin Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 2EX, UK
Tel +44 78 1458 4409

Purpose: The study aims were: (i) to convert the Research and Development Culture Index (a validated rating instrument for assessing the strength of organizational Research and Development culture) into electronic format (eR&DCI), and (ii) to test the format and assess the feasibility of administering it to the multidisciplinary (allied health professionals, doctors and nurses) workforce in a National Health Service Hospital (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK) by trialing it with the workforce of the tertiary Children’s Hospital within the organization.
Population and methods: The eR&DCI was emailed to all professional staff (n=907) in the Children’s Hospital. Data were analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics 22.
Results: The eR&DCI was completed by 155 respondents (doctors n=38 (24.52%), nurses n=79 (50.96%) and allied health professionals (AHPs) n=38 (24.52%)). The response rate varied by professional group: responses were received from 79 out of 700 nurses (11%); 38 out of 132 doctors (29%) and 38 out of 76 AHPs (50%). Index scores demonstrated a positive research culture within the multidisciplinary workforce. Survey responses demonstrated differences between the professions related to research training and engagement in formal research activities.
Conclusion: This is the first study to assess the feasibility of assessing the strength of an organization’s multidisciplinary workforce research and development (R&D) culture by surveying that workforce using the eR&DCI. We converted the index to “Online Surveys” and successfully administered it to the entire multidisciplinary workforce in the Children’s Hospital. We met our criteria for feasibility: ability to administer the survey and a response rate comparable with similar studies. Uptake could have been increased by also offering the option of the paper-based index for self-administration. Results of the survey are informing delivery of the research strategy in the Children’s Hospital. This methodology has potential application in other healthcare contexts.

Keywords: research capacity, research capability, allied health professionals, doctors, nurses, R&D Culture Index

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