Publication: Increasing the Populations’ Interest in Health Related Research: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Increasing the Populations’ Interest in Health Related Research: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Gunnarsson R, Cullen P, Heal C, Banks J.
Chicago: 46th NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) Annual Meeting; 2018.

Abstract

Background:

\r\nHealth related research is the basis for evidence based medicine and is the driving force behind the remarkable progress in medicine seen in the last 150 years. All health related research is in one way or another funded by the general population, be it via taxes or direct donations. Many research projects also require people to participate in clinical trials. Hence, the long term survival for health related research, and ultimately evidence based medicine, requires that the general population maintains a continued interest in health related research. There are to date no studies presented in peer reviewed scientific publications of different approaches to influence the populations’ interest in health related research. This study evaluated if the populations interest in health related research can be influenced by actively pushing information about local current health related research using large TV monitors.\r\n

Methods:

\r\nThe study used an interrupted times-series design with multiple baseline design across cases. Data was collected using a survey and data was analysed using a multinomial logistic mixed model. Gender, age, socioeconomic index and the intervention were fixed effects while site was a random effect.\r\n

Results:

\r\nOf 2,167 persons deemed to fulfill the inclusion criteria 997 were randomized to active intervention and 1,170 to control. 1,501 (69.3%) accepted to answer the survey, 751 in the intervention group and 750 in the control group. The intervention of actively pushing information about current local research using TV screens significantly increased the interest in health related research with an odds ratio of 1.3 (1.1-1.7, p=0.0063).\r\n

Conclusion:

\r\nProactively pushing information about current local health related research to the general population using large TV screens may increase their interest in health related research. Future research should clarify if this increased interest is also linked to an increased appreciation of funding for research or an increased motivation in participating in research. These are likely important activities if we want to preserve future funding for health related research.


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