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Encouraging managers of care homes for older adults to participate in research

Nick Smith (PSSRU, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Ann-Marie Towers (CHSS, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Grace Collins (PSSRU, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Sinead Palmer (PSSRU, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Stephen Allan (PSSRU, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Jennifer Beecham (PSSRU, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 4 October 2019

Issue publication date: 21 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Research in care homes requires the co-operation of care home managers. Noting the challenges faced by the care home sector, the purpose of this paper is to consider ways in which research studies can encourage care home managers and their homes to participate in research.

Design/methodology/approach

The discussion is informed by two research projects which are used to explore methods of encouraging managers of care homes to participate in research. One of the studies included interviews with care home managers to understand their reasons for taking part in research.

Findings

This paper outlines and assesses three strategies for encouraging care home managers to participate in research: working in partnership, providing payment and providing personalised feedback on findings. Whereas all the strategies have the potential to encourage care home managers’ participation in research, partnership working in particular was found to be fraught with difficulties.

Research limitations/implications

This paper suggests that the research projects could employ any of these strategies to encourage managers of care homes to participate in research. It also suggests that proactive measures could help ameliorate the pitfalls of partnership working.

Originality/value

This paper shows the advantages and disadvantages of using a combination of strategies for encouraging the participation of care home managers in research.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the residents, family members, staff and homes who took part in this research and the local authorities who supported it.

Citation

Smith, N., Towers, A.-M., Collins, G., Palmer, S., Allan, S. and Beecham, J. (2019), "Encouraging managers of care homes for older adults to participate in research", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 120-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-04-2019-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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