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Healthcare professionals' intentions to use wiki-based reminders to promote best practices in trauma care: a survey protocol

Patrick M Archambault123*, France Légaré2, André Lavoie3, Marie-Pierre Gagnon24, Jean Lapointe15, Sylvie St-Jacques6, Julien Poitras1, Karine Aubin1, Sylvain Croteau7 and Martin Pham-Dinh7

Author Affiliations

1 Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, 143, rue Wolfe, Lévis, G6V3Z1, Canada

2 Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CRCHUQ), 10, rue de l'Espinay, Québec, G1L 3L5, Canada

3 Centre de recherche FRSQ du CHA universitaire de Québec, 1401, 18e Rue, Québec, G1J 1Z4, Canada

4 Faculté des sciences infirmières, Pavillon Ferdinand-Vandry, 1050, avenue de la Médecine, Local 3645, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada

5 Agence d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AÉTMIS), 2021 avenue Union, bureau 1040, Montréal, H3A 2S9, Canada

6 Institut national de santé publique, 945, avenue Wolfe, Québec, G1V 5B3, Canada

7 Hôpital de Gatineau, 909 Verendrye Ouest, Gatineau, J8P 7H2, Canada

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Implementation Science 2010, 5:45  doi:10.1186/1748-5908-5-45

Published: 11 June 2010

Abstract

Background

Healthcare professionals are increasingly using wikis as collaborative tools to create, synthesize, share, and disseminate knowledge in healthcare. Because wikis depend on collaborators to keep content up-to-date, healthcare professionals who use wikis must adopt behaviors that foster this collaboration. This protocol describes the methods we will use to develop and test the metrological qualities of a questionnaire that will assess healthcare professionals' intentions and the determinants of those intentions to use wiki-based reminders that promote best practices in trauma care.

Methods

Using the Theory of Planned Behavior, we will conduct semi-structured interviews of healthcare professionals to identify salient beliefs that may affect their future use of wikis. These beliefs will inform our questionnaire on intended behavior. A test-retest of the survey will verify the questionnaire's stability over time. We will interview 50 healthcare professionals (25 physicians and 25 allied health professionals) working in the emergency departments of three trauma centers in Quebec, Canada. We will analyze the content of the interviews and construct and pilot a questionnaire. We will then test the revised questionnaire with 30 healthcare professionals (15 physicians and 15 allied health professionals) and retest it two weeks later. We will assess the internal consistency of the questionnaire constructs using Cronbach's alpha coefficients and determine their stability with the intra-class correlation (ICC).

Discussion

To our knowledge, this study will be the first to develop and test a theory-based survey that measures healthcare professionals' intentions to use a wiki-based intervention. This study will identify professionals' salient beliefs qualitatively and will quantify the psychometric capacities of the questionnaire based on those beliefs.