A new paper published in BMC Medical Education details how online networking among healthcare professionals involved in research has the “potential to strengthen research capacity, support research skill development and drive change within the clinical academic community”.
This study, by Dr Janet Deane and Gemma Clunie, examines the experiences and challenges relating to doctoral and postdoctoral research from the perspectives of healthcare professionals outside of medicine. Members of the doctoral and postdoctoral ‘Healthcare Professionals in Research’ (HPiR) Facebook community, a self-directed and confidential peer support group, took part in the study.
The research found that members of the HPiR community value the peer support and connection that this Facebook group provides. HPiR has the potential to strengthen research capacity, support research skill development and drive change within the clinical academic community. This study also highlighted the need for clinical academic roles and pathways to be standardised. The creation of opportunities beyond doctoral studies is also considered a priority.
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Deane, J.A., Clunie, G. Healthcare professionals in research (HPiR) Facebook community: a survey of U.K. doctoral and postdoctoral healthcare professionals outside of medicine. BMC Med Educ 21, 236 (2021).
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