alexa Attitude and Barrier towards Research amongst Health Care Professionals Working in Primary Care Service of Oman
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Research Article

Attitude and Barrier towards Research amongst Health Care Professionals Working in Primary Care Service of Oman

Firdous Jahan1*, Ali Al Maqbali2, Muhammad A Siddiqui3 and Najat Mohammed Al Zadjali4
1Department Family Medicine, Oman Medical College, Oman
2Specialist Public Health, Director of disease surveillance and control, Ministry of Health, Oman
3School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
4Senior Specialist Family Medicine, Director of Health Services, Sohar, Oman
Corresponding Author : Firdous Jahan
Department Family Medicine
Oman Medical College, Oman
Tel: +968-26844004
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 25, 2015 Accepted: November 30, 2015 Published: December 02, 2015
Citation: Jahan F, Maqbali AA, Siddiqui MA, Zadjali NMA (2015) Attitude and Barrier towards Research amongst Health Care Professionals Working in Primary Care Service of Oman. J Health Edu Res Dev 3:144. doi:10.4172/2380-5439.1000144
Copyright: © 2015 Jahan F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Background and purpose

Primary Medical Care is first contact medical care concerned with the total health care of the individual and family in their community. Clinical encounter needs research to practice evidence based medicine. The ultimate purpose of primary care health workers is to provide high-quality patient care. There is a need for all health care providers to appreciate the value of research in their everyday practice and make healthcare efficient and cost effective. The purpose of this study was to identify attitude and barrier towards research amongst primary care health workers and to explore self-reported experience of research.


A cross sectional study conducted in primary health care set up in North Batinah region Oman. Data was collected with self-filled questionnaire incorporating important barriers and attitudes in research. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. Data was expressed in frequencies and percentages for questionnaire responses. Mann-Whitney test was used to compare differences between groups.


A total of 557 participants were enrolled in which 425 were from the Oman and 132 were non Omani with a mean age of 33.13 ± 6.16 years and age range of 20-61 years. Among all 23.2% (129) were males and 76.8% (428) were females More than half of the participants were nurses (54.9%) and rest were physicians (19.3%), pharmacist (6.6%), and lab and radiology technicians (16.7). Responses of male participants were not significantly different (p=0.153) to the females regarding perceived value of research. However, significant difference (p=0.001) was observed regarding barrier of research. 14.9% were currently involved in the research. Nearly one third of participants feel that research allotted time (31.8%), financial support (32.3%) and financial incentives (30.3%) are the main barriers of research. Participants who had undergraduate (p=0.007) and postgraduate (p=0.001) research training did differ significantly in their response about self-experience of research and barrier of research.


Majority participants were currently not involved in research and a very small proportion of them received any training. Research allotted time, financial support and financial incentives are the main barriers of research. Research output may improve if identified barriers are rectified. Further studies are recommended in this field.


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