Author

Blue Blake

Date

10-1-2006

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In the Oregon Rural Physician Research Network (ORPRN) some clinicians display more active behavior than others, participating in governing, in resource and information sharing, and in research projects. By understanding subjective factors associated with research network participation, better plans can be made to match requirements and requests to clinician preferences. OBJECTIVE: The object of this study was to develop an understanding of the subjective factors that motivate or predict participation in ORPRN. METHOD: Q-Methodology is a technique with both quantitative and qualitative aspects. It is used to explore participation behaviors, specifically to reveal the subjective factors effecting participation in the network. WebQ software, downloaded from http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~schmolck/qmethod/webq/, was utilized to administer the Q-Sorts. PQ Method 2.11 software, downloaded from http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~schmolck/qmethod/downpqx.htm, was used for analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Preliminary data collection for development of the Q-sort concourse took place at a round table discussion at the November, 2005, ORPRN convocation in Bend, Oregon. The Q sample was then applied to a sample of twenty ORPRN members selected for their willingness to participate. RESULTS: Sorts on twenty clinicians were best represented by a four factor solution. Factor one includes clinicians who desire resources to pursue their own research interests. Factor two members believe that ORPRN creates new knowledge and wish to contribute to that effort. Factor three is made up clinicians who desire tangible rewards: CME, tools, software, and hardware. Factor four clinicians appear motivated by the relevance of ORPRN research for their practices as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the network. CONCLUSION: Q-Methodology was utilized to identify four factors related to clinician participation in ORPRN. Following a confirmatory Q-method study these results can be utilized as the basis for studies investigating the association between factor membership and participation.

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4NS0RS2

School

School of Medicine

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