Table 2

Context, mechanisms and long-term outcomes of rural research training

ContextMechanismOutcomes
For rural health workers with an interest in researchFoundational research training and supportNew skills in research
Transferable skills
Improved work performance
Enhanced employability
Ongoing research capability
For graduates of foundational research trainingA lack of formal ongoing research supportsLimited ongoing research capacity
An overreliance on individual agency to create research opportunity
For research-experienced individualsPerceived mismatch between organisational support and individual desire for research opportunityFeelings of discontent
Perception of limited organisational support
For rural health organisationsHaving a research-experienced team memberRaised research profile
Increased research activity that addresses local needs
Strengthened team evaluation activities
Retained experienced workers in the organisation