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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103-109

Assessing a research training programme for rural physicians


1 Centre for Rural Health Studies, M5M105, Medical Education Building, Health Sciences Centre, Newfoundland, Canada
2 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, Newfoundland, Canada
3 Centre for Rural Health Studies, M5M105, Medical Education Building, Health Sciences Centre; Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, Newfoundland, Canada
4 Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
5 Centre for Rural Health Studies, M5M105, Medical Education Building, Health Sciences Centre; Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre; Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Agnes Cowan Hostel, Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Correspondence Address:
MD, MPH, PhD Shabnam Asghari
Centre for Rural Health Studies, M5M105, Medical Education Building, Health Sciences Centre; Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre; Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Agnes Cowan Hostel, Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland
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DOI: 10.4103/CJRM.CJRM_53_20

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Introduction: To assess the effect of a training programme called 6for6 (the programme) on research competency and productivity amongst rural physicians. The programme develops the research skills of six rural physicians over six weekends. Physicians learn about various research methods and writing techniques through blended learning components. Methods: We conducted a quasi-experimental study, comparing research competency and productivity between intervention and non-equivalent control groups and over time through a repeated measures design. Generalized linear mixed model (GLMM), ANOVA, and Cochran Q tests were conducted. The intervention was provided to five groups of 6 rural physicians each between 2014 and 2019. Main outcome measures: self-assessed research competency (knowledge, attitudes and skills) and productivity (publications, grants and presentations of research-related work at conferences) were our primary and secondary outcomes, respectively. We measured the outcomes before, during and after the programme. Controls: Rural physicians who expressed interest in the programme and later enrolled. Results: This study shows that, amongst its thirty participants, overall research competency was significantly different between intervention and control groups (65.7% ± 37.6% and 58.6% ± 14.4%, P < 0.05 for GLMM). The percentage of participants who were productive before, during and after the programme was 26.7%, 16.7% and 50.0%, respectively. Overall, productivity rates were significantly different between intervention and control groups (rate difference was 72.2/100 person-years, P < 0.05 for GLMM). Conclusion: This study suggests that the programme improves research competency and productivity for rural physicians. Rural physicians who wish to improve their research competency would benefit from participating in similar programmes.


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