The Internet as a research site: establishment of a web-based longitudinal study of the nursing and midwifery workforce in three countries

Huntington, Annette, Gilmour, Jean, Schluter, Philip, Tuckett, Anthony, Bogossian, Fiona and Turner, Catherine (2009) The Internet as a research site: establishment of a web-based longitudinal study of the nursing and midwifery workforce in three countries. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 6: 1309-1317. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.04995.x

Author Huntington, Annette
Gilmour, Jean
Schluter, Philip
Tuckett, Anthony
Bogossian, Fiona
Turner, Catherine
Title The Internet as a research site: establishment of a web-based longitudinal study of the nursing and midwifery workforce in three countries
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2648
Publication date 2009-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.04995.x
Volume 65
Issue 6
Start page 1309
End page 1317
Total pages 9
Editor Alison Tierney
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract Title The Internet as a research site: establishment of a web-based longitudinal study of the nursing and midwifery workforce in three countries. Aim The aim of this paper is to describe the development of a web-based longitudinal research project, The Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study. Background The Internet has only recently been used for health research. However, web-based methodologies are increasingly discussed as significant and inevitable developments in research as Internet access and use rapidly increases worldwide. Method In 2006, a longitudinal web-based study of nurses and midwives workforce participation patterns, health and wellbeing, and lifestyle choices was established. Participating countries are Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Data collection is handled through a dedicated website using a range of standardized tools combined into one comprehensive questionnaire. Internet-specific data collection and a range of recruitment and retention strategies have been developed for this study. Discussion. Internet-based technology can support the maintenance of cohorts across multiple countries and jurisdictions to explore factors influencing workforce participation. However, barriers to widespread adoption of web-based approaches include website development costs, the need for fast broadband connection for large data collection instruments, and varying degrees of Internet and computer literacy in the nursing and midwifery workforce. Conclusion. Many of the issues reported in this paper are transitional in nature at a time of rapid technological development. The development of on-line methods and tools is a major and exciting development in the world of research. Research via the world-wide web can support international collaborations across borders and cultures.
Keyword Information technology
Longitudinal study
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