Communication-based Intervention Studies in Family Practice

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Verena Leve, Simone Steinhausen, Marie Ufert, Michael Pentzek, Achim Mortsiefer, Sara Santos, Anja Wollny, Bettina Haase, Ottomar Bahrs, Susanne Heim, Karl-Heinz Henze, Iris Tinsel, Susanne Löscher, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Charles Christians Adarkwah, Frank Vitinius, Edmund Neugebauer, Stefan Wilm

Keywords: communication family practice health service research participant recruitment

Abstract: Family physicians are important partners in family practice research. To get practices actively involved in research activities is one of the most challenging aspects. Therefore the experience gained by 23 representatives from eight family medicine research groups during communication-based intervention studies with family practices, were identified. The researchers discussed their experiences with participation, recruitment and motivation of study practices. Results show that an early involvement of family physicians in identifying relevant research questions and in developing concrete study designs is important to assure practice relevance and transferability. In research on patient-doctor communication, family physicians’ expertise needs to be taken into account to increase practitioners’ willingness to participate. Peer training strategies have been shown to be useful in improving communication skills.With regard to individual competences and learning needs, family physicians show a broad range of expectations of communication-based interventions. Therefore, research teams need to provide flexibility to meet participants’ needs and expectations.

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