Date of Award
PhD Health Sciences
Health and Medical Sciences
Dr. Deborah DeLuca, M.S., JD
Dr. Michelle D’Abundo, Ph.D., MSH, CHES
Dr. Genevieve Zipp, Dr. Genevieve Zipp, P.T., Ed.D., FNAP
The Masgutova Method®, MNRI® Core Specialist, Knowledge Attitudes Practice Model (KAPM), Research Knowledge Assessment© (RKA), Attitudes Toward Research Scale© (ATR-S), and Wessex Research Network Spider © (WReN).
Statement of the Problem: The Masgutova Method® is a research emergent area with a growing yet limited research base. In order to facilitate a widespread and robust acceptance and integration of The Masgutova Method® as evidence-based practice, a significant increase in research is warranted. MNRI® Core Specialists are well-positioned to be scholars in The Masgutova Method®. At this time, there is no literature exploring MNRI® Core Specialists’ foundational research knowledge, attitude toward research, and research practice.
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to establish a baseline understanding of MNRI® Core Specialists’ research knowledge, attitude, and practices.
Methods: This study utilized a modified concurrent parallel mixed-methods methodology. The survey questionnaire included The Research Knowledge Assessment®, Attitudes Toward Research Scale®, the Wessex Research Network Spider®, and open-ended questions exploring barriers and facilitating factors to research. A sample of 69 United States-based and 33 International MNRI® Core Specialists participated in this study (n = 102).
Results: Research Knowledge scores on the Research Knowledge Assessment® ranged from 24.00 to 96.00, with M = 54.71, SD = 15.08, and α = .82. Research Attitude scores on the Attitude Toward Research Scale© ranged from 2.73 to 6.50, with M = 4.64, SD = 0.74, and α = .89. Research Practice scores on the Wessex Research Network Spider ranged from 1.00 to 5.00, with M = 2.16, SD = 0.84, and α = .94. Using Spearman Correlation Coefficient, Educational Degree was related only to Research Practice rs(102) = .38, p < .001. The Spearman correlation between Years of Professional Experience and Research Knowledge, Research Attitude, and Research Practice was not statistically significant. The Spearman correlation between Research Knowledge and Research Attitudes was statistically significant, rs(102) = .35, p < .001. The Spearman correlation between Research Knowledge and Research Practice was statistically significant, rs(102) = .22, p = .030. The Spearman correlation between Research Attitudes and Research Practice was statistically significant, rs(102) = .48, p < .001. Barrier and Facilitating factors to research engagement included individual factors, methodological factors, organizational factors, recognition in the medical community- range of evidence, and emotions.
Conclusions: A baseline understanding of MNRI® Core Specialists’ research knowledge, attitude, and practice can inform future research capacity-building initiatives in The Masgutova Method®. Successful research capacity-building initiatives can facilitate research engagement, expand the available empirical literature, and ultimately increase practitioners' potential for evidence-based practice when using The Masgutova Method®.
Keywords and phrases: Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®), The Masgutova Method®, MNRI® Core Specialist, Knowledge Attitudes Practice Model (KAPM), Research Knowledge, Research Attitude, Research Practice, Research Knowledge Assessment© (RKA), Attitudes Toward Research Scale© (ATR-S), and Wessex Research Network Spider © (WReN).
Coppola, Jerzie-Ann, "Exploring Research Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of MNRI® Core Specialists" (2022). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2974.