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Impact and mechanisms of an allied health research position in a Queensland regional and rural health service: A descriptive case study
Objective: This case study aims to illustrate the outcomes of a dedicated allied health (AH) research position within a large Queensland regional and rural health service. The case secondly aims to describe the enabling and hindering mechanisms to the success of the role. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with the Executive Director of Allied Health and the current AH research fellow incumbent within the health service were conducted. A focus group of six stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, team leaders) who had engaged with the research position was also undertaken. Results: Outcomes of the AH research fellow included clinical and service improvements, enhanced research culture and staff upskilling, development of research infrastructure and the formation of strategic research collaborations. Despite being a sole position in a geographically expansive health service with constrained resources, key enabling mechanisms to the success of the role were identified including strong advocacy and regular communication with the Executive. Conclusions: The case study highlights the potential value of an AH research position in building research capacity within a large non-metropolitan health service. Factors to facilitate ongoing success could include additional research and administrative funding, and increased use of technology and team based research.
AH17086 Accepted 28 June 2017
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