It’s Time to Increase Community Hospital-Based Health Research
Before we develop strategies to promote community hospital-based health research, we need to understand the barriers that physicians who work in community hospitals face. As the Research Lead team in a community hospital trying to engage physicians in conducting health research, we recognized that community physicians often do not have formal research training or protected research time to conduct research.4 With this in mind, developing a research coaching framework in the community hospital setting may aid in facilitating research through building research skills and confidence amongst staff. Similar to the framework used at Niagara Health in Ontario, where physicians and research teams are coached by the Research Lead office, such a program can effectively run with minimal resources, serving as a platform for physicians and staff with research ideas to form interprofessional teams, thus alleviating time commitments of physicians interested in conducting research. Through regular meetings, teams can be guided through the research process from conducting a literature review through final manuscript preparation. Coaching programs may be an effective stopgap measure for community hospitals with limited funding to build research infrastructure.