Untapped potential: psychologists leading research in clinical practice

Elphinston, Rachel A. and Pager, Susan (2015) Untapped potential: psychologists leading research in clinical practice. Australian Psychologist, 50 2: 115-121. doi:10.1111/ap.12102

Author Elphinston, Rachel A.
Pager, Susan
Title Untapped potential: psychologists leading research in clinical practice
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
Publication date 2015-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12102
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 115
End page 121
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Enhancing the capacity of allied health professionals to engage in research is central to improving healthcare delivery. Psychologists have research skills given their training focus that emphasises the scientist-practitioner model. We aimed to investigate among psychologists the link between individual research capacity and their current level of research activity, how this compares with other allied health professions, and the role of team and organisation research capacity. Psychologists (n =60) working in clinical roles in a large metropolitan public health setting completed an online survey consisting of the validated Research Capacity and Culture tool, and questions related to current research activities, barriers, and motivators. The results indicated that psychologists reported relatively high individual research capacity, higher than both team and organisation levels, and greater individual research capacity compared with studies of dietitians and a mixed group of allied health. Preliminary findings suggested that team research capacity mediated the link between individual research capacity and the level of current research activity. Finally, barriers and motivators to research activity were similar compared with studies of other allied health professions. Overall, a multi-strategy approach that focuses on and facilitates practice-based and interdisciplinary research, and enhances the leadership skills of psychologists in research, as well as broader efforts from an organisational perspective to build a strong and sustainable research culture, may contribute to the rapid use of research skills in clinical practice and improve health and healthcare delivery.
Keyword Practice-based research
Research capacity building
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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Created: Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 16:54:36 EST by Rachel Elphinston on behalf of RECOVER Injury Research Centre