A feasibility study of administering the electronic research and development culture index to the multidisciplinary workforce in a UK teaching hospital

HOLLIS, R., ERSSER, S.J., ILES-SMITH, H., MILNES, L.J., MUNYOMBWE, T., SANDERS, C. and SWALLOW, Veronica (2019). A feasibility study of administering the electronic research and development culture index to the multidisciplinary workforce in a UK teaching hospital. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 12, 935-945.

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© 2019 Hollis et al. 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: R&D Culture Index; allied health professionals; doctors; nurses; research capability; research capacity; 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S218630
Page Range: 935-945
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:13
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 09:06
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25870

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