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Engaging clinicians in research: barriers, benefits and building a blueprint
  1. Sharon Mickan
  1. Faculty of Heath Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sharon Mickan, Faculty of Heath Sciences and Medicine, Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; smickan{at}

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Commentary on: Boucher NA, Tucker MC, White BS, et al. Frontline clinician appraisement of research engagement: “I feel out of touch with research”. J Gen Intern Med 2023:1–7. doi: 10.1007/s11606-023-08200-9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Leadership action by prioritising clinical research activities and introducing a range of clinician engagement strategies for research can lead to better staff retention and patient care.

  • Implementation of clinician engagement strategies needs further research to clarify and enhance key benefits for staff and patients.


There is a growing body of international research evidence highlighting the benefits of clinicians’ research engagement and documenting associated barriers and facilitators.1 This study offers an insightful consolidation of clinicians’ perception of research alongside their barriers and facilitators to effective engagement.2 …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.