‘Making evidence count’: A framework to monitor the impact of health services research

Authors

  • Penny Buykx PhD, CERTADDSTUD, GRADDIPAPPPSYCH, BBSC,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Rural Health, Monash University, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
      Penny Buykx, School of Rural Health, Monash University, PO Box 666, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria, 3552, Australia. Email: penny.buykx@monash.edu
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  • John Humphreys PhD, DIPED, BA(HONS),

    1. School of Rural Health, Monash University, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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  • John Wakerman MBBS, MTH,

    1. Centre for Remote Health, A Joint Centre of Flinders University & Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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  • David Perkins PhD, BA(HONS),

    1. Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney, Broken Hill, New South Wales
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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  • David Lyle PhD, MBBS,

    1. Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney, Broken Hill, New South Wales
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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  • Matthew McGrail PhD, GRADDIP IT, BSC,

    1. School of Rural Health, Monash University, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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  • Leigh Kinsman PhD, MHSC, BHSC, RN

    1. School of Rural Health, Monash University, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria
    2. Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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Penny Buykx, School of Rural Health, Monash University, PO Box 666, Bendigo and Churchill, Victoria, 3552, Australia. Email: penny.buykx@monash.edu

Abstract

Objectives: The objective of this study is to develop a framework to measure the impact of primary health care research, describe how it could be used and propose a method for its validation.

Design: Literature review and critical appraisal of existing models of research impact, and integration of three into a comprehensive impact framework.

Setting: Centre of Research Excellence focusing on access to primary health care services in Australia.

Participants: Not applicable.

Interventions: Not applicable.

Main outcome measure: The Health Services Research Impact Framework, integrating the strengths of three existing models of research impact.

Conclusion: In order to ensure relevance to policy and practice and to provide accountability for funding, it is essential that the impact of health services research is measured and monitored over time. Our framework draws upon previously published literature regarding specific measures of research impact. We organise this information according to the main area of impact (i.e. research related, policy, service and societal) and whether the impact originated with the researcher (i.e. producer push) or the end-user (i.e. user pull). We propose to test the utility of the framework by recording and monitoring the impact of our own research and that of other groups of primary health care researchers.

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