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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1877-1883

Difficulties in conducting clinical research among healthcare practitioners in Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional survey

1 Nephrology Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Family Medicine Department, King Saud University Medical City, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Nephrology Department, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 College of Nursing, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 College of Nursing, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sultan Al Dalbhi
Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh 11159
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_317_19

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Background: Research activity represents an important process conducted to address an issue in a precise and systematic manner. Data of this kind regarding the methodological difficulties encountered by healthcare practitioners in conducting clinical research in Saudi Arabia are scarce. This study aims to assess the methodological difficulties encountered by healthcare practitioners in conducting clinical research in Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted among healthcare practitioners who conducted or who were involved in research in Saudi Arabia from June 2018 through August 2018. Data were collected through SurveyMonkey, using a modified version of a questionnaire from a previous similar study. Results: Overall, 236 respondents participated in the study, more than half, that is, 131 (55.50%) had conducted research as principal investigators, 41 (17.40%) had never attended a research workshop, and 57 (24.20%) were members of research committees. Respondents identified “formulating the research title” and “cooperation between research partners” as the easiest research steps by 58 (24.58%) for each. “Receiving funds and financial resources to complete the research project” ranked the highest difficult step by 124 (52.54%) of the respondents. Attending >2 clinical research workshops was significantly associated with lower methodological difficulty scores. Specifically, those who attended scored 35.28 ± 12.86, while those who did not scored 42.34 ± 12.64, with a highly statistically significant difference (P = 0.001). Conclusion: These findings show that securing funding and finding an available biostatistician contributed greatly to the methodological difficulties of conducting clinical research. The difficulty score decreased significantly with increasing the number of clinical research workshops attended by the researchers.

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