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Representations of Research among Newly Graduated Paramedical Professionals: A Qualitative Study

Abstract : Despite a keen interest in clinical research, most paramedical professionals are unwilling to play an active role. Our objective was to explore paramedical professionals' representations of research. Using an existing database of final year paramedical students (speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychomotricity, audiometry, physiotherapy, orthoptics), we deployed a qualitative approach composed of two successive steps: (1) a free word association task, and (2) semi-structured individual interviews. Out of the 54 students who agreed to be contacted, we received 21 responses to the free word association questionnaire, and 11 interviews were conducted. The hierarchical evocation matrix revealed that the scientific representation of research is based on words defining the research and the purpose of the research. "Collaboration" was identified as being an essential part of the research process. The central core of the representation is coherent with all its components perceived as positive. The content analysis of the interviews showed a polarization around two key points: (1) participants are interested in accessing and using evidence in their practice (2) but feel less confident about and/or motivated to generate evidence themselves. This study highlights the need to develop more research-friendly environments, especially in training institutions.
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Evelyne Decullier, Mathilde Chauliaguet, Arnaud Siméone, Julie Haesebaert, Agnès Witko. Representations of Research among Newly Graduated Paramedical Professionals: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 2021, 18 (21), pp.11331. ⟨10.3390/ijerph182111331⟩. ⟨hal-03752396⟩



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