Commentary: Speaking at Cross-Purposes or across Boundaries?
Defending the status quo of "publish or perish" in academic environments for researchers misses the key development requirement: that the research results be evident in improving the delivery of service. True R&D departments in healthcare organizations will have to demonstrate not only the importance of the benefit of the search for new knowledge, but also how this new knowledge, when applied, advances the objectives of the organization. While not every advance needs to have a substantial return, no organization should or could expect to be rewarded without evidence of return on the investment. Partnerships between academic health centres and health districts will fail without clear understanding of this expectation and the means by which it can be evaluated from the start.
With the many challenges facing healthcare organizations, this bold commitment to a true R&D strategy, and true partnerships between research and services, offers potential not only for a more sustainable future, but for even better returns on the resources already available to organizations.
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Chief Executive Officer
Cape Breton District Health Authority
Cape Breton, NS
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