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Table 1 Responsibilities, skills and attributes for facilitating the research process

From: Research capacity-building for clinicians: understanding how the research facilitator role fosters clinicians’ engagement in the research process

Responsibilities Skills Attributes
• Working with clinicians as novice researchers to help them develop research proposals
• Simplifying the research process
• Answering general questions about research
• Discussions with clinicians about what they learned in the lecture meant for their study
• Improving practice ideas and concepts into study
• Breaking down projects into feasible ones
• Providing support on how to formulate research questions, identify gaps, choose suitable study methods
• Working with groups with different levels of research knowledge
• Keeping participants on track
• Research facilitators as resources: linking up with people, linking to appropriate resources
• Experience in research design and the fundamentals of conducting a research project
• Qualitative or quantitative research design experience
• Completing ethics, hospital ethics
• Research project management required—budget, human resources, how to achieve each milestone in a timely manner
• Can identify issues that come up with research
• Understanding clinical research
• Ethics applications
• Grant applications
• Conduit—a link between—providing information to clinician
• “I’m not a cancer expert, but…”
• Understanding own limitations as to how the research facilitator can contribute to the group
• Overcoming the gaps in personal areas of expertise when dealing with different research groups