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Effect of promoting current local research activities on large monitors on the population's interest in health-related research: a randomised controlled trial.

Journal article
Authors Ronny K Gunnarsson
Paul Cullen
Clare Heal
Jennifer Banks
Published in BMJ open
Volume 9
Issue 8
Pages e028714
ISSN 2044-6055
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Pages e028714
Language en
Subject categories Interaction Technologies, Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Public health medicine research areas, Family Medicine, Learning


The objectives of this study were threefold: to estimate people's interest in health-related research, to understand to what extent people appreciate being actively informed about current local health-related research and to investigate whether their interest can be influenced by advertising local current health-related research using large TV monitors.Randomised controlled trial using a stepped wedge design.The emergency department waiting room at two public hospitals in northern Queensland, Australia.Waiting patients and their accompanying friends and relatives in the emergency department waiting room not requiring immediate medical attention.A TV monitor advertising local current health-related research.OR for the effect of intervention on changing the interest in health-related research compared with a control group while adjusting for gender, age and socioeconomic standard.The intervention significantly increased the short-term interest in health-related research with an OR of 1.3 (1.1-1.7, p=0.0063). We also noted that being female and being older was correlated to a higher interest in health-related research CONCLUSIONS: This study found that proactive information significantly increased the general populations' interest in health-related research. There are reasonable set up costs involved but the costs for maintaining the system were very low. Hence, it seems reasonable that research-active organisations should give much higher priority to this type of activity.ACTRN12617001085369.

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