TableĀ 1

Research training needs by profession

All respondents (n=151)Allied health professionals (n=39)Doctors (n=36)Managers (n=22)Nurses (n=27)
Importance to role (median score)Current Performance (median score)p ValueImportance to role (median score)Current Performance (median score)p ValueImportance to role (median score)Current Performance (median score)p ValueImportance to role (median score)Current Performance (median score)p ValueImportance to role (median score)Current Performance (median score)p Value
1. Handling routine data6.005.000.035.005.000.636.006.001.006.005.500.187.006.00<0.01
2. Critically evaluating published research5.004.00<0.015.004.000.016.004.50<0.014.004.000.876.004.00<0.01
3. Evaluating your organisation's performance6.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.017.005.00<0.017.004.00<0.01
4. Interpreting research findings5.005.00<0.015.004.00<0.016.005.00<0.015.004.000.886.004.00<0.01
5. Applying research results to your own practice6.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.005.00<0.015.504.00<0.016.004.00<0.01
6. Identifying viable research topics4.003.00<0.014.003.000.024.503.000.023.504.000.484.503.50<0.01
7. Introducing new ideas at work6.005.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.004.50<0.017.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.01
8. Accessing relevant research literature to inform your work6.005.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.004.50<0.016.004.50<0.016.005.00<0.01
9. Giving information about research to patients/the public5.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.015.004.500.014.504.000.075.504.000.08
10. Statistically analysing your own research data4.003.00<0.014.003.000.045.003.00<0.014.003.000.025.002.50<0.01
11. Teaching colleagues and/or students6.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.016.005.00<0.016.505.00<0.017.006.000.03
12. Managing multiple demands on your time7.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.017.005.00<0.01
13. Writing up the findings of research studies or audits5.004.00<0.015.004.000.025.004.00<0.013.004.000.645.504.00<0.01
14. Undertaking health promotion activities5.004.00<0.015.003.00<0.015.003.00<0.012.003.000.845.004.500.01
15. Making do with limited resources6.005.00<0.016.005.000.045.004.00<0.016.005.00<0.016.005.000.28
16. Assessing local healthcare needs5.004.00<0.014.003.00<0.015.003.00<0.015.003.00<0.015.004.000.01
17. Collecting and collating relevant research5.004.00<0.014.503.00<0.015.003.00<0.015.004.000.275.004.000.09
18. Designing research studies3.003.00<0.013.003.000.014.502.50<0.013.000.240.314.002.00<0.01
19. Working as a member of a team doing research4.004.000.034.003.000.145.004.000.353.003.000.346.005.000.06
20. Accessing resources to undertake research eg, money, information, equipment4.002.00<0.013.002.00<0.015.002.00<0.014.003.50<0.014.503.50<0.01
21. Undertaking administrative activities5.005.000.155.005.000.985.004.00<0.016.005.500.545.005.000.83
22. Personally coping with change in the health service6.005.00<0.016.005.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.005.000.026.004.00<0.01
23. Securing time to undertake research5.002.00<0.014.002.00<0.015.002.00<0.014.003.000.045.002.00<0.01
24. Learning about new research developments in your field6.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.016.004.00<0.01
25. Assessing the relevance of research to your organisation5.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.015.004.00<0.01
  • Numbers in bold and underlined represent the three most significant training needs for each profession.