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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017 Apr;21(2):274-283. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.06.019. Epub 2016 Jul 5.

"Dancing on the edge of research" - What is needed to build and sustain research capacity within the massage therapy profession? A formative evaluation.

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1
University of Calgary, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Calgary, AB, Canada; Massage Therapy Special Interest Group, IN-CAM Research Network, Canada. Electronic address: akrresearchconsulting@gmail.com.
2
Crocker Institute, Kiawah Island, SC, United States; Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Oakland, CA, United States; Massage Therapy Special Interest Group, IN-CAM Research Network, Canada.
3
Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada; Private Practice, Calgary, AB, Canada; Massage Therapy Special Interest Group, IN-CAM Research Network, Canada.
4
Algonquin College, Massage Therapy Program, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Massage Therapy Special Interest Group, IN-CAM Research Network, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Conducting research on massage therapy (MT) continues to be a significant challenge.

PURPOSE:

To explore and identify the structures, processes, and resources required to enable viable, sustainable and high quality MT research activities in the Canadian context.

PARTICIPANTS:

Academically-based researchers and MT professionals involved in research.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Formative evaluation and a descriptive qualitative approach were applied.

RESULTS:

Five main themes regarding the requirements of a productive and sustainable MT research infrastructure in Canada were identified: 1) core components, 2) variable components, 3) varying perspectives of stakeholder groups, 4) barriers to creating research infrastructure, and 5) negative metaphors. In addition, participants offered a number of recommendations on how to develop such an infrastructure.

CONCLUSIONS:

While barriers exist that require attention, participants' insights suggest there are various pathways through which a productive and sustainable MT research infrastructure can be achieved.

KEYWORDS:

Massage therapy; Qualitative methods; Research capacity

PMID:
28532869
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.06.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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