Interconnecting Emergency Medicine Research: the Value of National Research Networks.
1Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, Canada
Research In Emergency Medicine has many challenges. The ability to conduct large randomize clinical trails can be hampered by the busy ED environment, the short contact time of the ED team with the patients being recruited to participate in research, and obtaining the number of patients required to generate clinical significant results that can impact patient care. The development of Research Networks can circumvent some of the issues that impact on acquiring ED patients to conduct patient centre outcomes that will meaningfully contribute to their care. Research Networks have many benefits including increasing the caliber of research undertaken, procuring research funding and improving research from time of implementation to publication.
This presentation will discuss the challenges and principles involved in the development of a national research network to conduct high quality multi-centred research in Emergency Medicine. The presentation will discuss the development of a new network entitled Network of Canadian Emergency Researchers (NCER).
The presentation will also compare the development of this NCER to a longer standing Research Network know as Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC). PERC is a successful Canadian research network that has demonstrated the opportunities offered by Research Networks.
A model for development of a Research Network will be discussed, including the issues of developing terms of reference, intellectual property, endorsement process, value to the participants. The PERC network will be used to catalog the success of a developed research network.
Types of networks will be discussed.
National Research Networks are an important model for the development of high quality patient outcome research. Such networks enhance the quality of research, the time line and validity of the research.