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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 8689-8708; doi:10.3390/ijerph110908689

Creating an Interest in Research and Development as a Means of Reducing the Gap between Theory and Practice in Primary Care: An Interventional Study Based on Strategic Communication

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Department of Research and Development, Halland Hospital Halmstad, Region Halland, SE-301 80 Halmstad, Sweden
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Department of Primary Health Care, the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Received: 28 February 2014 / Revised: 6 August 2014 / Accepted: 20 August 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract

Today, healthcare professionals are faced with the challenge of implementing research results in an optimal way. It is therefore important to create a climate that is conducive to research and development (R&D). For this reason, new strategies are required to enhance healthcare professionals’ interest in innovative thinking and R&D. Strategic communication with roots in sociology, psychology and political science was employed as a means of achieving long-term behavioural change. The aim of this study was to describe, follow up and evaluate a primary care intervention based on strategic communication intended to increase healthcare professionals’ interest in R&D over time. An interventional cohort study comprising all staff members (N = 1276) in a Swedish primary care area was initiated in 1997 and continued for 12 years. The intention to engage in R&D was measured on two occasions; at 7 and 12 years. Both descriptive statistics and bivariate analyses were employed. The results demonstrated that the positive attitude to R&D increased over time, representing a first step towards new thinking and willingness to change work practices for the benefit of the patient. Strategic communication has not been previously employed as a scientific tool to create a long-term interest in R&D within primary care. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitude; behaviour change; communication; dissemination; implementation; intervention; primary care staff; R&D interest; research capacity building (RCB); staff cohort attitude; behaviour change; communication; dissemination; implementation; intervention; primary care staff; R&D interest; research capacity building (RCB); staff cohort
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Morténius, H. Creating an Interest in Research and Development as a Means of Reducing the Gap between Theory and Practice in Primary Care: An Interventional Study Based on Strategic Communication. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 8689-8708.

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