Date of Award

Summer 7-9-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Respiratory Therapy

First Advisor

Lynda T. Goodfellow

Second Advisor

Douglas S. Gardenhire

Third Advisor

Ralph D. Zimmerman

Abstract

ABSTRACT

RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY DEPARTMENTS

IN THE UNITED STATES

Issue: There is a need to standardize faculty evaluations across departments, particularly at research intensive universities. To date, there is no such standard to measure research productivity of respiratory therapy (RT) professors and programs in the U.S. This study asked: How is research productivity described in RT? What is the research productivity ranking of researchers? and What is the research productivity ranking of departments? Methods: After IRB approval, 56 B.S./M.S. degree RT programs were surveyed by email. Data were analyzed for descriptive statistics and correlations. Outcomes: Response rate was 52%. Research productivity in RT is best described using H-Index and M quotient. Range of H-Index for professors was 0 to 44 with a mean of 2.37. Outcome variables found to have positive correlation with H-Index were highest degree earned, academic rank, accreditation role, and Carnegie Classification. Mean program H-Index ranged from 0 to 10.17 with a mean of 1.99. Conclusion: A positive relationship exists between H-Index of RT professors and several outcome variables. Faculty and program directors seeking to increase research productivity can by way of changes in hiring practice and furthering faculty development.

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