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Howard Schechter


Physicians must participate in developing medical protocols to ensure that medical best practices are adopted for patients' social benefit. Healthcare leaders have struggled to gain sufficient physician participation in developing medical protocols. Using technology-based crowdsourcing to assimilate knowledge from physicians may help healthcare managers improve medical protocol development. Using self-determination theory, this quantitative causal-comparative design aimed to determine whether differences in intrinsic and extrinsic motivation existed among the 132 participating physicians who did or did not participate in developing medical protocols in a crowdsourcing environment. Participants were recruited by e-mail through an independent physician association. Motivation levels were measured by the Aspirations Index via an online survey. A total of 55.3% of respondents participated in developing medical protocols. Differences were anticipated in the levels of participation in developing medical protocols between intrinsically and extrinsically motivated physicians. Rank correlations were computed between the number of protocols completed and all of the motivation scores. Personal growth and community contribution were significantly correlated with the number of addressed protocols. Positive social change may occur through improving medical protocols and healthcare outcomes by informing healthcare leaders about physicians' motivation to participate in developing medical protocols. By understanding these motivators, leaders can highlight the benefits of protocol development to encourage physician participation. If participation is enhanced, protocol quality and healthcare effectiveness may be improved, benefitting patients and healthy individuals.