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Determinants of research engagement in academic obstetrics and gynaecology Fernandez, Ariadna; Sadownik, Leslie; Lisonkova, Sarka; Cundiff, Geoffrey; Joseph, K. S

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Background: To identify the determinants of research engagement among faculty in an academic department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Methods: All members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia were mailed an online version of the Edmonton Research Orientation Survey (EROS) in 2011 and in 2014. High scores on overall research engagement and on each of the 4 subscales, namely, value of research, value of innovation, research involvement and research utilization/evidence-based practice were quantified. Analyses were carried out on both surveys combined and on the 2014 survey separately. Logistic regression was used to identify determinants of high levels of research engagement. Results: The overall response rate was 37 % (130 responses; 54 respondents in 2011 and 76 respondents in 2014). The average EROS score was 140 (range 54 to 184) and 35 % of respondents had a score ≥150. Significant determinants of positive research engagement based on the overall EROS scale included being paid for research work (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 22.1, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 2.47–197.7) and carrying out research during unpaid hours (AOR 6.41, 95 % CI 1.97–20.9). Age

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