AB069. 22. Attitudes and beliefs of clinicians regarding barriers and enablers in conducting perioperative clinical trials: a qualitative study
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AB069. 22. Attitudes and beliefs of clinicians regarding barriers and enablers in conducting perioperative clinical trials: a qualitative study

Darragh Waters, Ed Litton, Nik Zeps, Tomas Corcoran, Alistair Nichol, Nolan McDonnell, Lisa Higgins, Nina Gobat, Prasanth Skummar, Steve Webb

Department of Intensive Care, St John of God Hospital, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia


Background: Clinical trials are required to determine which treatment plans are most effective and most cost-effective. Integrating clinical trials in routine clinical practice is a proposed method of increasing participation in clinical trials. The attitudes and beliefs of clinicians undertaking clinical trials is a key component in conducting a successful trial. Our aim is to identify barriers or enablers perceived by surgeons and anaesthetists that would be necessary and sufficient to conduct clinical trials in peri-operative medicine.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and analysed with NVIVO software.

Results: Only 5/18 clinicians were actively involved in research. When asked if they would like to be doing some research or more than they are currently doing; 7 were interested in doing more, 5 were not interested and 6 might be interested depending on the circumstances. Absolute barriers to involvement were that the trial is feasible, design is valid and that they feel the research question is important. The 2 greatest enablers for involvement were a personal interest in knowing the answer to the question and the availability of research/administrative staff to assist with the trial. The availability of research and administrative staff is a strong enabler and was mentioned by most clinicians. Unsurprisingly lack of spare time and increased workload were identified as the two main barriers to participation.

Conclusions: Most clinicians would be interested in participating in research given the right circumstances. This highlights the importance of dedicated research staff in order to maximize participation of clinicians.

Keywords: Attitudes; beliefs; preoperative; research; barriers; enablers


doi: 10.21037/map.2018.AB069


Cite this abstract as: Waters D, Litton E, Zeps N, Corcoran T, Nichol A, McDonnell N, Higgins L, Gobat N, Skummar P, Webb S. Attitudes and beliefs of clinicians regarding barriers and enablers in conducting perioperative clinical trials: a qualitative study. Mesentery Peritoneum 2018;2:AB069. doi: 10.21037/map.2018.AB069