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Table 1 Concepts in the ACT Survey

From: Advancing the argument for validity of the Alberta Context Tool with healthcare aides in residential long-term care

Concept Definition Hypothesis Sample item
Leadership 1 The actions of formal leaders in an organization (unit) to influence change and excellence in practice, items generally reflect emotionally intelligent leadership H1: Care providers who perceive more positive (emotionally intelligent) unit leadership report higher research use The leader calmly handles stressful situations
Culture 1 The way that "we do things' in our organizations and work units; items generally reflect a supportive work culture H2: Care providers who perceive a more positive unit culture report higher research use My organization effectively balances best practice and productivity
Evaluation 1 The process of using data to assess group/team performance and to achieve outcomes in organizations or units (i.e., evaluation) H3: Care providers who perceive a larger number of unit feedback mechanisms report higher research use Our team routinely monitors our performance with respect to the action plans
Social Capital 1 The stock of active connections among people. These connections are of three types: bonding, bridging, and linking H4: Care providers who perceive more positive unit social capital activities report higher research use People in the group share information with others in the group
Informal Interactions 2 Informal exchanges that occur between individuals working within an organization (unit) that can promote the transfer of knowledge H5: Care providers who perceive a larger number of informal unit interactions report higher research use How often do you interact with people in the following roles or positions? - Someone who champions research and its use in practice
Formal Interactions 2 Formal exchanges that occur between individuals working within an organization (unit) through scheduled activities that can promote the transfer of knowledge H6: Care providers who perceive a larger number of formal unit interactions report higher research use How often do these activities occur? -Team meetings
Structural/Electronic Resources 3 The structural and electronic elements of an organization (unit) that facilitate the ability to assess and use knowledge H7: Care providers who perceive a larger number of unit structural and electronic resources report higher research use How often do you use/attend the following? - Notice Boards
Organizational Slack The cushion of actual or potential resources which allows an organization (unit) to adapt successfully to internal pressures for adjustments or to external pressures for changes   
Staff 1   H8: Care providers who perceive sufficient unit staffing levels report higher research use Enough staff to deliver quality care
Space 1   H9: Care providers who perceive having sufficient space on their unit report higher research use Use of designated space
Time 1   H10: Care providers who perceive having sufficient time on their unit report higher research use Time to do something extra for patients
  1. 1 = Scale: 1-strongly disagree; 2-disagree; 3-neither agree nor disagree; 4-agree; 5-strongly agree
  2. 2 = Scale: 1-never; 2-rarely; 3-ocasionally; 4-frequently; 5-almost always
  3. 3 = Scale: 1-never; 2-rarely; 3-ocasionally; 4-frequently; 5-almost always; 6- not available.