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A method for measuring individual research productivity in hospitals: development and feasibility

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Title
A method for measuring individual research productivity in hospitals: development and feasibility
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BMC Health Services Research, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-1130-7
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Caterina Caminiti, Elisa Iezzi, Caterina Ghetti, Gianluigi De’ Angelis, Carlo Ferrari

Abstract

Research capacity is a prerequisite for any health care institution intending to provide high-quality care, yet, few clinicians engage in research, and their work is rarely recognized. To make research an institutional activity, it could be helpful to measure health care professionals' research performance. However, a comprehensive approach to do this is lacking. We conducted a literature analysis to determine how best to assess research performance. Our method was not restricted to bibliometric and citation parameters, as is usually the case, but also including "hidden" activities, generally not considered in research performance evaluations. A set of 12 easily retrievable indicators was used and corresponding points assigned according to a weighting system intended to reflect the effort estimated to perform each activity. We observed a highly skewed score distribution, with a minority of health care professionals performing well across the indicators. The highest score was recorded for scientific papers (768/1098 points, 70 %). Twenty percent of researchers at our institution generated 50 % of points. We develop a simple method for measuring research performance, which could be rapidly implemented in health care institutions. It is hoped that the proposed method might be useful for promoting research and guiding resource allocation, although further evaluations are needed to confirm the method's utility.

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Unknown 27 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 26%
Researcher 4 15%
Librarian 3 11%
Lecturer 2 7%
Other 2 7%
Other 8 30%
Unknown 1 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 6 22%
Social Sciences 5 19%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 7%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 4%
Other 7 26%
Unknown 1 4%

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