Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Health Information Management, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran,

2 Department of Health Information Management, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Central Library, Birjand, Iran

3 Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Central Library, Birjand, Iran


BACKGROUND: The first step toward organizing research activities is to obtain a correct perception
of available capabilities. This study was conducted to investigate the researchers’ views about barriers
affecting research activities.
METHODS: This descriptive, cross‑sectional study was conducted using the census method. The
population consisted of the faculty members of Birjand University of Medical Sciences in 2014. The
research tool was a questionnaire in six areas of financial, facility, professional, scientific, personal,
and organizational– managerial barriers. The results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and
Friedman test.
RESULTS: Faculty members confirmed that although all barriers affected research activities,
organizational–managerial barriers (3.73 ± 0.63) had the greatest and scientific barriers (3.15 ± 0.93)
had the lowest effect, respectively. The results of Friedman test showed that there is a significant
difference between the mean values of factors related to various barriers affecting research activities
from the viewpoint of the participants’ answers.
CONCLUSIONS: Research activities are affected by numerous barriers. Strategies, such as
empowering researchers, employing new technologies in the creation of research teams, and
benefiting from research experts in various stages of research, may have a positive effect on the
removal of the barriers.


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