Journal article

Taking the pulse of the health services research community: a cross-sectional survey of research impact, barriers and support

Elizabeth A Fradgley, Jon Karnon, Della Roach, Katherine Harding, Laura Wilkinson-Meyers, Catherine Chojenta, Megan Campbell, Melissa L Harris, Jacqueline Cumming, Kim Dalziel, Janet McDonald, Tilley Pain, Kirsten Smiler, Christine L Paul



Objective This study reports on the characteristics of individuals conducting health service research (HSR) in Australia and New Zealand, the perceived accessibility of resources for HSR, the self-reported impact of HSR projects and perceived barriers to conducting HSR. Methods A sampling frame was compiled from funding announcements, trial registers and HSR organisation membership. Listed researchers were invited to complete online surveys. Close-ended survey items were analysed using basic descriptive statistics. Goodness of fit tests determined potential associations between researcher affiliation and access to resources for HSR. Open-ended survey items were analysed using thematic analys..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding support from HSRAANZ. The authors also acknowledge assistance from Ryan Tuckerman with programming the online survey, Annika Ryan and Emma Byrnes in preparing study documents and John Wiggers and Deborah Loxton for their support and assistance in study conceptualisation.