Factors affecting research uptake
: a case study of ABCD

  • Michelle Catherine Dowden

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU


    The study of factors affecting research uptake is an emerging field of research. The objective of this case study is to examine barriers and facilitators affecting research uptake of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project, the Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease (ABCD) project. The ABCD project was a four and half year CQI project that aimed to improve delivery of services to Indigenous clients with chronic conditions. This case study uses qualitative research methods and the application of the Diffusion of Innovation theory to understand the complexities of behaviour change of individuals within organisations. Staff from both local health services and regional management are pivotal to the uptake of the ABCD project. The application of the Diffusion of Innovation theory and the use of a conceptual model in this case study has been useful in understanding the complexity of research uptake across management levels in the ABCD proj ect.
    This case study also illustrates the importance of developing linkages throughout the life of a research project between those affected by research (local health service managers), and those implementing research findings (regional managers). Barriers and facilitating factors of the ABCD project were perceived differently across management levels. Further research in identifying barriers to communication between levels of management may assist in understanding what processes are required to enhance research uptake.
    Date of AwardAug 2006
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorRoss Stewart Bailie (Supervisor)

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