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

Smith, Nick, Towers, Ann-Marie, Collins, Grace, Palmer, Sinead, Allan, Stephen, Beecham, Jennifer (2019) Encouraging managers of care homes for older adults to participate in research. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 20 (3). pp. 120-129. ISSN 1471-7794. E-ISSN 2042-8766. (doi:10.1108/QAOA-04-2019-0017) (KAR id:76943)


Purpose: Research in care homes requires the co-operation of care home managers. Noting the challenges faced by the care home sector, this article considers ways in which research studies can encourage care home managers and their homes to participate in research.

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

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/QAOA-04-2019-0017
Uncontrolled keywords: care home managers, research recruitment, partnership working, incentives, quality of life, care homes
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ann-Marie Towers
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 14:07 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 01:52 UTC
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