The Effect of Providing Education-research Services by Founding a Clinical Research Development Center on the Research Performance of Clinical Faculty Members of Kerman University of Medical Sciences


Hamid Najafipour 1 , * , Sodaif Darvish Moghadam 1 , Jalal Azmandian 1 , Hamed Hosseini 1


1 Iran


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 6 (2); e60763
Published Online: January 15, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 23, 2017
Accepted: September 16, 2009




Background & Objective: Evaluating research indicators amongst clinical and basic science faculty
members reveals that such indicators are lower in clinical faculty members. Hence, we decided to assess the
effect of providing education-research services, by founding a clinical research development center, on the
research performance of clinical faculty members of Kerman University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this intervention field study, 66 faculty members of Afzalipour teaching hospital and 45 ones in
Shafa teaching hospital were recruited as cases and controls respectively. After founding the research center in
cases’ work place, education-research services were provided for two years. The research activities of cases
and controls were compared two years before and two years after founding the center.
Results: 39 and 33 percent increase were observed in the cases’ total and per capita number of published
articles respectively; similar indicators showed 21% and 21.6% decrease in the controls accordingly. The
differences between two groups regarding both indicators were significant (P<0.01). Indicator of tutoring in
dissertations and the total number and per capita number of presenting abstracts in the congresses showed a
higher increase among cases.An increase in the total number and per capita number of accepted research
proposals was 76% and 68% in cases and 120% and 122% in controls, respectively.
Conclusion: Founding a clinical research center and providing education-research services in clinical faculty
members’ workplace has positively influenced their performance and promoted their research indicators.
Hence, establishing similar centers in other teaching hospitals is recommended.


Clinical researches Research performance Clinical faculty members Clinical research center

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