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|Supporting the translation of research in rural and regional settings: What are emerging researchers’ needs?
Wong Shee, Anna
|Western Alliance Seventh Annual Symposium 2022: Reconnecting through rural and regional research.
|Background/aim: The timely translation of research into practice and local policy is critical to improving healthcare delivery in rural and regional settings. Practitioners working in rural and regional health settings need support and additional skills to build their capacity to engage in translation-focused research. Our study aimed to understand the research and translation capability-building needs of emerging health practitioner-researchers. Population/setting: Participants included emerging researchers (n=12), research mentors (n=3), and health managers (n=4) from six Western Alliance member organisations, including four health services, one university, and the Primary Health Network. Methods: We conducted three heterogenous focus groups to explore participants’ understanding of research translation, and their perceptions of the supports that are needed to build capacity for translation-focused research. Focus groups were audio-recorded and transcribed. Data were analysed using a team-based five-stage framework approach. Results: Participants’ conceptualisations of research translation reflected frequently documented definitions: (1) research that is grounded in health practice and (2) tailoring existing research evidence to the local setting when implementing it in practice. Four key themes related to research translation support for rural health researchers were identified: (1) access to clinical and research networks; (2) mentoring and support, (3) understanding the research and translation context, and (4) engaging with stakeholders to identify research translation priorities. These findings highlight the need for the identification and training of appropriate research mentors and health leaders that can support research at the emerging researcher level, and systematic processes for engaging stakeholders and collaborative priority-setting. Conclusion: Rural and regional emerging researchers are ideally placed to engage in translation-focused research; however, they require multiple types of research capacity development through several levels of influence. Translational impact/implications for future practice: These findings will further inform Western Alliance’s regional approach to research capability building through training, resource, and infrastructure development to support the rapid translation of research into clinical practice.
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