A Survey of Barriers to Health Research Promotion

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Vice Chancellor Office for Health Affairs, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Research Center for Social Determinants of Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Vice Chancellor Office for Research and Technology Affairs, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

4 Research Center for Health Services Management, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

Background and Objectives: High performance research activity in the health domain is crucial to overcoming ever-growing health-related problems. Despite availability of data sources, only a limited number of researchers use these data to derive health-related information. Thus, the present study aimed at exploring the barriers to research promotion as perceived by the university health research experts.   Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 261 health experts from Kerman University of Medical Sciences were selected using census method. Data was collected using a questionnaire containing questions related to personal and organizational research barriers. Data were summarized using descriptive statistical methods.   Findings: The survey found lack of research advisors and sufficient facilities, lack of motivation, lack of expert librarians, limited budgets and poor cooperation of internal executive units were the as the most important organizational barriers. In addition, limited time and heavy work overload, limited knowledge of statistics and research method, and family responsibilities were identified as the most important personal barriers.   Conclusions: The wide range of barriers to research activities in health domain calls for comprehensive revision of current policies in the area of health research to boost the research activities. The diversity of the barriers identified highlights the need for a systems and holistic approach to health research promotion.

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