A mixed-methods study to test a tailored coaching program for health researchers to manage stress and achieve work-life balance
Translational Behavioral Medicine
Dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers serve critical scientific, practical, and personal roles in translating science to public health benefit. However, they face multifaceted barriers that may erode their capacity to plan, lead, and evaluate implementation. Individualized coaching focused on human flourishing is an unexplored approach to fully actualize D&I researchers' capacity to bridge the research-practice gap. The purpose of this exploratory pilot study was to investigate a tailored coaching program to support human flourishing among D&I researchers. A pragmatic, mixed-methods approach guided by the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) Framework was used to evaluate an individualized, nine session coaching program called FUEL (Focus, Unplug, Exercise, Love). Reach and Implementation were assessed through descriptive statistics and rapid qualitative analysis of surveys and coaching logs. Effectiveness and Maintenance were assessed through descriptive statistics and iterative content analysis of participant surveys, as well as iterative content analysis of proxy (e.g., colleague) semi-structured interviews. Reach results indicated that demand for coaching exceeded study enrollment capacity (n = 16 participants). Implementation results showed that the coach spent 12.96 ± 2.82 hr per participant over 3 months. Effectiveness and Maintenance results indicated that FUEL was well-received and provided participants with myriad psychological and professional benefits. Preliminary evidence suggests that the FUEL coaching program is a promising and feasible approach to enhance flourishing among D&I researchers. Future research is needed to evaluate Adoption and scalability. This pilot study may inform future D&I capacity-building initiatives that address researchers' holistic situatedness within the implementation process.
Capacity building, Coaching, Dissemination and implementation, Training
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Abby Steketee, Susan Chen, Rachel A. Nelson, Vivica I. Kraak, and Samantha M. Harden. "A mixed-methods study to test a tailored coaching program for health researchers to manage stress and achieve work-life balance" Translational Behavioral Medicine (2022): 369-410. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab134