A Practical Toolkit of Strategies for Building Research Capacity in Allied Health

  • Janine Matus Gold Coast Health
  • Rachel Wenke Griffith University
  • Sharon Mickan Gold Coast Health
Keywords: allied health , research capacity building , research culture

Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of this project were firstly to develop a practical toolkit of evidence-informed strategies for building research capacity in allied health, and secondly to disseminate and apply this toolkit to inform tailored research capacity building plans for allied health teams. 

Design: This project used a plan, do, study, act (PDSA) service quality improvement methodology to develop, disseminate and apply a toolkit which was based on the results of a recent systematic review of allied health research capacity building frameworks and a narrative review of other interventions and theoretical recommendations. 

Setting: Eight allied health professional teams in a publicly funded tertiary health service were supported to develop tailored research capacity building plans based on their specific needs, goals and context. 

Main outcome measures: The outcomes of this project were evaluated using process measures including whether a research capacity building plan was developed and to what extent short-term goals were achieved within three months. 

Results: A practical toolkit was developed which consolidates existing evidence-informed strategies and organises these around three components including ‘supporting clinicians in research’, ‘working together’ and ‘valuing research for excellence’ and 17 sub-components. Several barriers and facilitators to applying the toolkit to teams were identified and this paper suggests some recommendations and future directions for addressing these.

Conclusions: This toolkit may be a useful resource to inform the development of team-based research capacity building plans for allied health. The application of the toolkit may be enhanced by a needs assessment and facilitation from a researcher. 

Author Biographies

Janine Matus, Gold Coast Health

Gold Coast Health - Allied Health
Southport, Queensland, Australia

Rachel Wenke, Griffith University

Gold Coast Health - Allied Health
Southport, Queensland, Australia

Griffith University - School of Allied Health Sciences
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Sharon Mickan, Gold Coast Health

Gold Coast Health - Allied Health
Southport, Queensland, Australia


Griffith University - Griffith Health
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Published
2019-07-21
How to Cite
1.
Matus J, Wenke R, Mickan S. A Practical Toolkit of Strategies for Building Research Capacity in Allied Health. APJHM [Internet]. 21Jul.2019 [cited 16Oct.2019];14(2):5-8. Available from: https://journal.achsm.org.au/index.php/achsm/article/view/261
Section
Research Articles