Family Physicians’ Participation in a Research Practice Network: Which Motivations Play a Decisive Role?
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2020.0490-0495german translation / full article
BackgroundHigh-quality and effective care by family physicians requires a scientific foundation that takes into account the specifics of primary care. In this context, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched a funding program for sustainable research practice networks in family medicine. The aim of this survey among family physicians is to identify motivators, barriers and expectations for participation in a research practice network.MethodsAt four training events (two teaching physicians meetings, Autumn Conference of the Thuringian Association of Family Physicians, Thuringian Day of Family Medicine) between October 2019 and January 2020, family physicians from Thuringia were asked to participate anonymously in a written survey using a self-designed and piloted questionnaire (20 items). Besides socio-demographic data, possible forms of participation as well as perceived barriers and motivators were asked through predefined response categories. Descriptive analysis was performed.ResultsOf 136 attending family physicians, 98 participated in the survey (72 %). The average age was 53 years; 61 % were female and 68 % worked in private practices. The majority (84 %) can imagine participating in a research practice network. Barriers for implementation are identified as a lack in time (85 %), difficult integration into daily practice processes (42 %), issues with data protection (37 %) and low patient motivation (35 %). Important motivators for participation are the exchange with colleagues (80 % agreement), access to current research findings (73 % agreement) and regular further training events (68 % agreement).ConclusionsIn general, attending family physicians show a positive attitude towards participation in a research practice network. Identified barriers and motivators should be taken into account for development, and particularly low-threshold offers should be enabled.Keywordsfamily medicine; research practice network; motivation; barriers; incentives