Barriers to conducting research: A survey of trainees in emergency medicine

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Objective: Research underpins evidence-based practice, but there are significant barriers to conducting research relevant to each clinical discipline. Understanding these barriers could allow strategies to reduce their impact. The present study was undertaken to understand specific barriers to research for emergency medicine (EM) trainees. Methods: EM trainees attending research short courses were surveyed. Free-text responses were classified into themes and a list of pre-specified potential barriers was used for ranking purposes. Results: The responders (n=61/90; 67.8%) were young, mostly male with low confidence in leading a research project and limited previous research experience. There were 155 unique barriers identified from 55 respondents, which fitted into nine categories. The most frequently perceived barrier was time (29%), followed by skills (22.6%) and cultural factors (19.4%). Most trainees (n=54/56, 96.4%) believed that the barriers could be overcome. Strategies suggested included protection of time, mentoring and education, as well as top-down improved research culture. Conclusions: Barriers to research in EM are similar to other specialities and were perceived to be manageable. Reorganisation and refocus of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine training curriculum may be an option to foster an environment to promote research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalEmergency Medicine Australasia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Barriers
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Research
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • emergency medicine

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