What happens after participants complete a Union-MSF structured operational research training course?
Objectives: To determine 1) the research output of participants and their institutions after course completion; 2) the influence of OR fellowships on output; and 3) the output of non-OR fellows stratified by sex, region and staff position.
Design: A self-administered e-mail questionnaire survey.
Results: Of 83 participants who completed a course, 76 (92%) responded to the questionnaire. Following course completion, 47 (62%) participants completed new research projects, 38 (50%) published papers (vs. 25 [33%] who had published before the course), 42 (55%) presented posters or oral abstracts at conferences, 33 (43%) facilitated at further OR courses, 29 (38%) reviewed scientific papers, 25 (33%) secured further OR funding and 55 (72%) said their institutions were involved in OR implementation or capacity building. OR fellows performed better than non-OR fellows. Among the latter, males and participants from Asia had better output than females and participants from Africa (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: The significant proportion of participants continuing to engage in OR after course completion provides encouraging evidence of the long-term value of this capacity building model.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Paris, France 2: Medical Department, Operational Centre Brussels, Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF-Luxembourg, Luxembourg 3: The Union, South-East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, India 4: Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland 5: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Paris, France, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Publication date: June 21, 2014
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