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BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jul 20;18(1):568. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3399-9.

Clinicians' perspectives on and interest in participating in a clinical data research network across the Southeastern United States.

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1
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 37203, USA.
2
Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Nashville, TN, 37208, USA.
3
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA.
4
Department of Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 37208, USA.
5
Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Nashville, TN, 37208, USA. Consuelo.H.Wilkins@meharry-vanderbilt.org.
6
Department of Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 37208, USA. Consuelo.H.Wilkins@meharry-vanderbilt.org.
7
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 37208, USA. Consuelo.H.Wilkins@meharry-vanderbilt.org.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Partnerships between clinicians and researchers could increase the generalizability of research findings and increase uptake of research results across populations. Yet engaging clinicians in research is challenging. Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) provide access to a broad array of clinical data, patients, clinicians and health systems by building on existing health records (EHRs) to facilitate multi-site community engaged research (CEnR).

METHODS:

A mixed-methods sequential explanatory design was employed. Sixty semi-structured interviews with clinicians from various disciplines and healthcare settings were conducted using five open-ended questions. Inductive content analysis was used to identify emerging themes in the data.

RESULTS:

We identified the following emerging themes: 1) Research with relevance and benefits to clinics and provider's patient population; 2) Difficulties of engaging in research with existing patient care demands; 3) Clear and continuous two-way communication about research, coordinated with provider and clinic needs; 4) Tailored compensation approaches meet provider preferences; 5) Increasing clinician awareness about Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs).

CONCLUSION:

Our interview study provides insight into community clinician perspectives on Clinical Data Research Networks, indicating motivations and challenges to research involvement including consequences of time spent on research participation, barriers to expanding research and meaningful involvement in research governance. Findings can be used to guide the development of strategies to better engage providers in research in clinical settings, which could ultimately improve patient outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical data research network; Clinicians; Qualitative research

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