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Experiences of staff members participating in primary care research activities: a qualitative study

Authors Hange D, Björkelund C, Svenningsson I, Kivi M, Eriksson M, Petersson E

Received 8 December 2014

Accepted for publication 23 February 2015

Published 15 April 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 143—148


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Dominique Hange,1 Cecilia Björkelund,1 Irene Svenningsson,2 Marie Kivi,3 Maria C Eriksson,1 Eva-Lisa Petersson,1,2

1Department of Primary Health Care/Public Health and Community Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, 2Närhälsan Research and Development Primary Health Care, Region Västra Götaland, 3Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Background: The aim of this paper was to study primary care staff members' experiences and perceptions of participating in a randomized controlled trial concerning Internet therapy.
Methods: Data were collected via five focus groups, each containing four to eight nurses or general practitioners. The systematic text condensation method described by Malterud was used for thematic analysis of meaning and content of data across cases.
Results: The informants believed it was important to conduct research within the primary care setting, but it was difficult to combine clinical work and research. They stressed also that there was a need for continuous information and communication between primary care centers and researchers as well as internally at each primary care center.
Conclusion: Staff members’ experiences of participating in a research study were positive, although associated with various difficulties. It is important to include staff members when designing clinical studies; information should be given continuously during the study and communication facilitated between different occupational groups working at the primary care center.

Keywords: primary care, research, staff participation, Sweden

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