eCite Digital Repository

Exploring the research culture in the health information management profession in Australia


Kemp, T and Finlayson, L and Chan, J and Lackey, G and Richards, D and Rupnik, C and White, H and Butler-Henderson, K and Low, S, Exploring the research culture in the health information management profession in Australia, Health Information and Libraries Journal, 37, (1) pp. 60-69. ISSN 1471-1842 (2020) [Refereed Article]

PDF (Final author version)

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 Health Libraries Group

DOI: doi:10.1111/hir.12281


Background: Research is an important activity that informs knowledge and practice. The research culture within the Australian Health Information Management (HIM) profession has not been previously reported.

Objective: This study explored the perceptions of HIM practitioners about research in their role to establish if there is a research culture in the Australian HIM profession.

Method: An online survey was distributed to the HIM community using a snowball recruitment strategy.

Results: Of the 149 respondents, more than half (54%) identified they possessed research skills from prior education, whilst 40% considered they had a strong knowledgebase in conducting research. However, only a quarter of respondents indicated they undertake research in their role. Barriers to undertaking research included recognition, organisational support, and time.

Discussion: The findings from this study reflected other studies within clinical workforces. The lack of recognition and support to incorporate research into practitioner roles has implications for the profession and its body of knowledge.

Conclusion: Advocating for research to be incorporated into practitioner roles is required to inform knowledge and practice. Increased professional development opportunities may create a stronger research culture within the HIM profession in Australia and strengthen the position of the profession within health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health information management, research culture
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Recordkeeping informatics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kemp, T (Ms Trixie Kemp)
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
UTAS Author:Low, S (Ms Sarah Low)
ID Code:134937
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-14
Last Modified:2020-09-16
Downloads:13 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page