Health Services Research

“Research Ready” Engages Clinic Staff to Support Research in Healthcare Settings

LPHI’s Research Ready project, funded by a Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), created tools to help foster the engagement healthcare staff in the conduct of clinic-based research. Staff members, such as nurses and medical assistants, are often called upon to help with research activities but are not effectively engaged and oriented to research. LPHI gathered experiences and perspectives from healthcare staff and researchers to inform the development of materials to better engage clinic staff and prepare them for their important role supporting research activities in healthcare settings.

The first of these tools is a training workbook for clinic staff. This training covers basic research principles as well as tips and strategies for staff who will be supporting research studies in healthcare settings. The workbook is designed to be used for self-guided study or as a compliment to a facilitated training session. The second tool is a researcher guide for engaging clinical staff in research studies. This guide offers best practice recommendations and additional resources for engaging healthcare staff throughout the research process. It is meant to be used by investigators who are planning to design and implement clinic-based studies