Background In the 21st century, healthcare professionals know a great deal about health, disease and medicine. However, much remains uncertain and continued investment in research aims to find better ways of managing patients, improving public health, reducing health inequalities and keeping people in a state of good health. Clinical Research Networks are well established across the NHS to ensure that all patients and clinicians are able to share the benefits of participating in clinical research. Barriers to research can deter healthcare professionals from contributing towards useful research projects.
Aim To ascertain knowledge and attitude towards research and identify barriers amongst healthcare professionals in a district general hospital setting.
Methods All the healthcare professionals were emailed a questionnaire via ‘survey monkey’ in March 2014. An email reminder to non-respondents was sent 2 weeks later. Questions focussed on participant’s knowledge and attitude towards research and identifying perceived barriers to undertaking research.
Results 87 responses were received (26 doctors and 61 allied health professionals). Following table outlines key study findings in %.
Conclusions Majority of participants perceived time commitment and bureaucracy as barrier to research. Dedicated time allocated in the job plan and administrative support would be imperative in improving research outcomes leading to innovative treatments that can significantly improve patient health in future.
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