Introducing research initiatives into healthcare: What do doctors think?

Wyld, Lucy, Smith, Sian, Hawkins, Nicholas J., Long, Janet and Ward, Robyn L. (2014) Introducing research initiatives into healthcare: What do doctors think?. Biopreservation and Biobanking, 12 2: 91-98. doi:10.1089/bio.2013.0069

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Author Wyld, Lucy
Smith, Sian
Hawkins, Nicholas J.
Long, Janet
Ward, Robyn L.
Title Introducing research initiatives into healthcare: What do doctors think?
Journal name Biopreservation and Biobanking   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1947-5543
Publication date 2014-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/bio.2013.0069
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 91
End page 98
Total pages 8
Place of publication New Rochelle, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Current national and international policies emphasize the need to develop research initiatives within our health care system. Institutional biobanking represents a modern, large-scale research initiative that is reliant upon the support of several aspects of the health care organization. This research project aims to explore doctors' views on the concept of institutional biobanking and to gain insight into the factors which impact the development of research initiatives within healthcare systems.

Methods: Qualitative research study using semi-structured interviews. The research was conducted across two public teaching hospitals in Sydney, Australia where institutional biobanking was being introduced. Twenty-five participants were interviewed, of whom 21 were medical practitioners at the specialist trainee level or above in a specialty directly related to biobanking; four were key stakeholders responsible for the design and implementation of the biobanking initiative.

Results: All participants strongly supported the concept of institutional biobanking. Participants highlighted the discordance between the doctors who work to establish the biobank (the contributors) and the researchers who use it (the consumers). Participants identified several barriers that limit the success of research initiatives in the hospital setting including: the 'resistance to change' culture; the difficulties in engaging health professionals in research initiatives; and the lack of incentives offered to doctors for their contribution. Doctors positively valued the opportunity to advise the implementation team, and felt that the initiative could benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

Conclusion: Successful integration of research initiatives into hospitals requires early collaboration between the implementing team and the health care professionals to produce a plan that is sensitive to the needs of the health professionals and tailored to the hospital setting. Research initiatives must consider incentives that encourage doctors to adopt operational responsibility for hospital research initiatives.
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