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Engagement in performing clinical physiotherapy research: Perspectives from leaders and physiotherapists
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Health Care Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9760-3785
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Physical Therapy.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Physical Therapy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6768-5740
2019 (English)In: Physiotherapy Research International, ISSN 1358-2267, E-ISSN 1471-2865, Vol. 24, no 2, article id e1767Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The recent increase in physiotherapy research has led to more physiotherapists being involved in research. Consequently, leaders must make a standpoint on whether the department should engage in research, whereas individual physiotherapists have to decide if they want to play an active role in carrying out a research project. The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions and experiences of both participating physiotherapists and their leaders regarding taking part in clinical physiotherapy research projects.

METHODS: A qualitative study using face-to-face interviews was conducted. All (n = 8) leaders were interviewed individually. Physiotherapists (n = 18) were interviewed either individually (n = 5) or in small groups including two to three persons (n = 13). The interviews were analysed using inductive conventional content analysis.

RESULTS: There was a consensus that engagement of the leaders was a prerequisite for entering research projects and that the research had to be in line with the department's regular assignment. For the physiotherapists, the key factors for success were having designated time and having support from their leader, especially when feelings of responsibility became overwhelming. The leaders stressed the importance of being well informed. Participating in clinical research created value such as personal and professional growth for the physiotherapists, who also inspired their colleagues and thus positively affected the organization. Engaging in research contributed to being an attractive employer and gave a boost to evidence-based practice.

CONCLUSION: The study provides perspectives from leaders and physiotherapists on engaging in research. There was a consensus that participating in a research project was beneficial for the organization, the individual physiotherapist, and the patients. However, clinical applicability, support, sufficient time, and early involvement of leaders are significant prerequisites.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 24, no 2, article id e1767
Keywords [en]
Evidence-based practice, physical therapy, professional development, qualitative research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71652DOI: 10.1002/pri.1767ISI: 000463029100007PubMedID: 30657235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71652DiVA, id: diva2:1281416
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Örebro Research Committee, Sweden

Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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