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Health Serv Res. 2018 Aug;53(4):2615-2632. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12751. Epub 2017 Aug 4.

Development of the Learning Health System Researcher Core Competencies.

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1
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
2
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
3
AFYA, Inc., Laurel, MD.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop core competencies for learning health system (LHS) researchers to guide the development of training programs.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING:

Data were obtained from literature review, expert interviews, a modified Delphi process, and consensus development meetings.

STUDY DESIGN:

The competencies were developed from August to December 2016 using qualitative methods.

DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS:

The literature review formed the basis for the initial draft of a competency domain framework. Key informant semi-structured interviews, a modified Delphi survey, and three expert panel (n = 19 members) consensus development meetings produced the final set of competencies.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

The iterative development process yielded seven competency domains: (1) systems science; (2) research questions and standards of scientific evidence; (3) research methods; (4) informatics; (5) ethics of research and implementation in health systems; (6) improvement and implementation science; and (7) engagement, leadership, and research management. A total of 33 core competencies were prioritized across these seven domains. The real-world milieu of LHS research, the embeddedness of the researcher within the health system, and engagement of stakeholders are distinguishing characteristics of this emerging field.

CONCLUSIONS:

The LHS researcher core competencies can be used to guide the development of learning objectives, evaluation methods, and curricula for training programs.

KEYWORDS:

Learning health system; graduate education; health services research; professional competence; stakeholder engagement

PMID:
28777456
PMCID:
PMC6051975
DOI:
10.1111/1475-6773.12751
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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