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Title: Research capacity of Australian and New Zealand emergency medicine departments.
Austin Authors: Walker, Katie;Tan, Shijie Ian;Fatovich, Daniel;Watkins, Gina;Stephenson, Melanie ;Ting, Joseph;Whittome, Richard;Wang, Wei;Knott, Jonathan
Affiliation: School of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, 2052, Australia
Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia
Cabrini Institute, 154 Wattletree Rd, Malvern, Victoria, 3144, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, 553 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, West Melbourne, Victoria, 3003, Australia
Mater Hospital, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101, Australia
Ipswich Hospital, Chelmsford Ave, Ipswich, Queensland, 4305, Australia
School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George St, Brisbane City, Queensland, 4000, Australia
Emergency Department, Cabrini, 183 Wattletree Rd, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, 3144, Australia
Health Services, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia
Department of Emergency Medicine, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Emergency Department, Sutherland Hospital, Caringbah, Sydney, NSW, 2229, Australia
Emergency Department, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria, 3050, Australia
Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, GPO Box X2213, Perth, 6001, Western Australia
Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, 6001, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Building 15, 27 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria, 3800, Australia
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, 1 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore, 609606, Singapore
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2020
Date: 2020-04-15
Publication information: International journal of emergency medicine 2020; 13(1): 16
Abstract: Large, multicentre studies are required in emergency medicine to advance clinical care and improve patient outcomes. The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine clinical trials network is available to researchers to assist with facilitating large, multicentre research. However, there is no current information about the research capacity of emergency departments (EDs) in Australia and New Zealand. All EDs accredited for emergency medicine training in Australia and New Zealand were eligible to participate. Research leads or ED directors were invited via email and telephone to complete a survey. Data were collected regarding the presence of a research lead; their research experience; available research resources including colleagues, funding, departmental paid research time; publications; and research culture. One hundred and twelve responses were received on behalf of 122 (84%) sites (10 satellite plus main) from a possible 143 sites with all types of hospitals and regions represented. Research leads were identified at 66 (59%) sites; 32 (29%) had a director of emergency medicine research. A wide range of research was underway. Ninety-six sites (66%) contributed data to multicentre projects. Twenty-one centres (17%) were highly productive with multiple resources (skilled colleagues, funding, staffing), a positive research culture and high-volume output. Sixty to seventy centres (50-58%) had limited resources, experienced an unsupportive research culture and authored manuscripts infrequently. Paid time for research directors was associated with increased research outputs. ACEM sites have the capacity to undertake large multicentre studies with a varied network of sites and researchers. While some sites are well equipped for research, the majority of EDs had minimal research output.
DOI: 10.1186/s12245-020-00275-z
ORCID: 0000-0002-5313-5852
Journal: International journal of emergency medicine
PubMed URL: 32293255
ISSN: 1865-1372
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Emergency medicine
Health resources
Multicentre trials
Research personnel
Surveys and questionnaires
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