Education for rural and remote primary health care workers: Evaluating the research roadshow workshops of the Qld PHCRED Research Capacity Building Initiative

Schultz, Denise, Holden, Libby, De La Rue, Stephanie, Preston, Robyn, Mitchell, Geoff and Smart, Neil (2007). Education for rural and remote primary health care workers: Evaluating the research roadshow workshops of the Qld PHCRED Research Capacity Building Initiative. In: 2007 GP & PHC Research Conference: Working Together, Sydney, N.S.W., (). 23-25 May 2007.


Author Schultz, Denise
Holden, Libby
De La Rue, Stephanie
Preston, Robyn
Mitchell, Geoff
Smart, Neil
Title of paper Education for rural and remote primary health care workers: Evaluating the research roadshow workshops of the Qld PHCRED Research Capacity Building Initiative
Conference name 2007 GP & PHC Research Conference: Working Together
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 23-25 May 2007
Convener PHCRED - Primary Health Care Research Evaluation & Development
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 4
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Objectives
The Queensland PHCRED Program is a collaboration of Bond University, Griffith University, JCU, MICRRH and UQ. Queensland is big so the Collaboration has developed strategies to extend the reach of their research capacity building activities. One strategy is the ‘Research Roadshows’ which commenced in 2004. During 2006, we conducted a needs analysis to discover whether Roadshows provide appropriate education to PHC workers to acquire research skills and to determine what ongoing support is needed.

Methods
We developed a series of questions pertinent to learning research skills available through our Roadshow workshops. The questionnaire was distributed to all Roadshow workshop participants to complete at the conclusion of each half-day workshop. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected.

Principal Findings
A total of 62 questionnaires were returned which represents a response rate of approx 85%. Most participants indicated that the workshop content was useful although more than 50% of respondents indicated that they would only attend this type of training if it were available in their town.
The majority of Roadshow participants had very little research experience with virtually none having received research funding or published research findings. This suggests that there is significant scope for research capacity building in rural and remote Queensland.

Discussion
Research Roadshows provide people who would otherwise be unable to receive research training with an opportunity to participate in a workshop as well as discuss projects with trained researchers. The evaluation found that this opportunity is highly valued by primary health professionals in rural and remote areas.

Implications
The delivery of PHCRED roadshow workshops may be effective in terms of meeting the Research Capacity Building Initiative (RCBI).
Subjects 111717 Primary Health Care
Q-Index Code EX

 
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