Research & Studies
Investigating the use of information search tools to perform medical tasks
What is the purpose of the research?
Researchers from CSIRO (Australian eHealth Research Centre) and Queensland University of Technology are conducting a user study to test a search engine designed to provide clinicians with succinct, accurate and evidence-based information for clinical decision making. The purpose of the study is to better understand clinician needs and behaviour whilst resolving a clinical problem, and ultimately to provide a better system to support improved patient outcomes.
Are you looking for people like me?
The research team is looking for: Registered clinicians including GPs, nurses and hospital clinicians, who are accustomed to using search engines, understand the concept of evidence based medicine and have access to a computer connected to the internet.
What will you ask me to do?
Participation will involve completing 16 clinical question tasks using a custom medical literature search application, plus a pre-test/post-test questionnaire. The test can be performed remotely from a computer if you have access to the internet with either Firefox or Chrome search engines. The whole test should take take approximately 2 hours of your time and must be performed in a single sitting. In the first stage of the test you will be provided with a series of clinical scenarios which you must provide your answer to. In the second stage, for each task, you will have a maximum of 10 minutes to do the following:
- Read the description of a health case.
- Answer the clinical question, associated with the case using your own knowledge (i.e., without performing any search).
- Use the provided search technology as instructed to search for information related to the given health case.
- When you have sufficient information to complete the task, or the task time limit has been reached, enter your answer.
Before and after the test you will be asked a series of questions relating to personality traits, search and medical experience and skills and other demographic information. All of this information is gathered anonymously.
Are there any risks for me in taking part?
The identified risks that might affect you when participating in this research is inconvenience and/or feelings of failure. Inconvenience will occur as you will be requested to spend your time searching and entering information on a computer. The likelihood this risk will occur is medium and the severity of the risk is low. Feelings of failure may occur if you feel unable to complete the whole test in the time allotted or unable to answer particular questions. The likelihood this risk will occur is low.
Are there any benefits for me in taking part?
You have the option of receiving your decision scores in relation to the other sample results received for self-reflection purposes. In the longer run, your study results can contribute to research findings that may be incorporated into future clinical decision support applications. You will also receive a copy of any published results relating to this study.
Will I be compensated for my time?
To recognise your contribution should you choose to participate and complete the study, the research team is offering you a $50 gift card.
I am interested – what should I do next?
If you would like to participate in this study, you can contact the researcher for details of the next step:
Anton van der Vegt firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be provided with further information to ensure that your decision and consent to participate is fully informed.
Implementation of the Goal‐directed Medication review Electronic Decision Support System (G‐MEDSS) into Home Medicines Review (HMR) to deprescribe medications in older adults
The GMEDSS|HMR Trial
Occurring dates: 15th October 2017 – 15th June 2018
Participant duration: 6 months
Location of Study: Australia wide
Are you an accredited pharmacist conducting Home Medicine Reviews? You may like to participate in our research study.
The University of Sydney NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre is looking for accredited pharmacists to join The GMEDSS|HMR Trial, a study testing the efficacy of the addition of a computerised clinical decision support system (CCDSS) into Home Medicines Review (HMR).
CCDSSs are designed to improve clinical decision making and optimise health outcomes. Various tools can be incorporated into a CCDSS to identify inappropriate medications and inform practitioners on deprescribing. This trial will test whether the addition of a CCDSS into the HMR service may be beneficial to reduce inappropriate prescribing in older adults.
Australian registered accredited pharmacists who answer “yes” to the following may be eligible to join The GMEDSS|HMR Trial:
- Usually complete between 2 to 20 HMRs per month, and
- Have you completed at least 24 HMRs in the last 12 months
Accredited pharmacists participating in this study may be enrolled in either the control (usual care HMR) or intervention (usual care HMR + CCDSS) group, and will be required to visit their patients after 3 months of completing the initial HMR interview. Accredited pharmacist participants will also receive reimbursement for participating in this study.
If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please contact Mouna using the details below:
02 9926 4927
Development and validation of computer software to aid medication management for people with and without dementia, and their carers
Researchers at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre at the University of Sydney are developing and validating computer software to be used by Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff to identify and document patient treatment goals and specifically preferences for medications. The computer software is designed to guide the management of medications for people with and without dementia. For example, to identify medicines that can be withdrawn or may need to be started. It can be used in addition to other software programs.
Researchers are seeking RACF Managers, Nurses and Assistants in Nursing to obtain perspectives on the need for and use of the computer software.
Eligibility criteria for participants:
- Current Australian RACF Manager, Registered nurse or Assistant in Nursing
- More than two years experience working in RACFs
- Experience in medication management for persons with or without dementia
- English Speaking
Eligible participants will be involved in two 1-hour focus group or interview sessions.
If you are interested in facilitating recruitment of participants in this important research and would like to receive an information pack, please contact Mouna using the details below:
02 9926 4927
Gout Self-Management App in Primary Care
UNSW researchers are conducting a cluster randomised controlled trial, led by Prof Ric Day, St Vincent’s Hospital. The study is evaluating the efficacy of a mobile app to aid in the management and control of gout, as well as to achieve target serum urate concentrations.
NSW-based GPs who have seen patients with gout in the last year are invited to participate. Participating GP practices will receive a $300 gift voucher per practice to acknowledge their valuable contribution to the research.
We are recruiting participants for the study until the end of August 2018.
Interested in participating? For more info, go to our website mygoutapp.com or contact:
Phone: 1800 931 544
Research project for 2018 "Agents of Change" Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines Implementation
Become an Agent of Change! Join an online Collaborative with other professionals and be supported to develop your own action plan to improve access to either occupational therapy, exercise, or carer support (professionals can choose one of these).
Agents of Change is a research project recently funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. The project aims to improve the implementation of three key recommendations from the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dementia in Australia:
- ‘People living in the community should be offered occupational therapy (reflecting evidence based programs)’
- ‘People with dementia should be strongly encouraged to exercise’
- ‘Carers and family should have access to programs to support and optimise their ability to provide care for the person with dementia, including respite’
The project is designed to be ‘light touch’ and to give clinicians the autonomy to make changes that are sustainable for them.
Participating will fulfill a year’s worth of CPD requirements for almost all professions (we can help clinicians to confirm this with their professional body) and clinicians will receive a $1000 stipend to present their work at a conference or meeting of their choice. Professionals can work anywhere in Australia as the program is all online.
Learn More: please contact Monica Cations (trial coordinator)
phone: 0882752827 or email email@example.com
SKAI System Testing: A pilot study to test the feasibility of the SKAI package
The SKAI (Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation) team is looking for General Practices in Sydney to take part in an innovative vaccination communication project.
What is the study about?
We would like to invite your practice or clinic to take part in a research project titled SKAI System Testing: A pilot study to test the feasibility of the SKAI package. The SKAI system is a suite of resources for health professionals and parents/carers of babies and young children, designed to support and improve clinical conversations about childhood vaccination. This study will investigate whether the SKAI system can be integrated into established clinical work flows and consultations.
What is the aim of this study?
The aim of this study is to test the SKAI system – a vaccination communication and resources package – as it is intended to be used and modify it to ensure it is acceptable to all practice staff and patients, easy to use during and around consultations, and valuable to vaccination providers.
To participate in this study
To find out more or if you would like to express interest in participating in this very exciting vaccination project, please contact Penelope.Robinson@sydney.edu.au (Ph: 9114 1311) or Nina.Berry@sydney.edu.au (9114 1327).
Health professionals who participate in the SKAI training will earn CPD points. Participating clinics will be offered a reimbursement fee to help cover the administrative costs involved in taking part in the study.
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General Practices in the SNPHN region wanted for research study on new primary healthcare initiatives
Research subject heading: Understanding the challenges to implementing new primary healthcare initiatives in general practice, and the factors which promote or inhibit successful implementation, embedding, and integration of initiatives.
Researchers at The University of New South Wales, working with the Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN), are seeking volunteer research participants to examine general practice experiences of implementing primary healthcare initiatives and identifying factors needed for successful implementation and integration of interventions into routine work. The study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with a sample of general practices as they undertake new primary healthcare initiatives.
Would this research project be a good fit for me?
The study might be a good fit for you if your practice is currently engaged in one of the following SNPHN primary healthcare initiatives:
- Data quality improvement that has incentives attached to deliverables – using Pen CATPlus data extraction tool for quality improvement in the practice;
- The Person Centred Medical Home program, designed to support practices to build capacity within the practice for team-based working; and
- Practiced based chronic disease management, Wellnet program, including risk stratification and care coordination.
How to express interest
Please read and complete the Participant Information Statement/Registration Form below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to be part of NHMRC-funded OPAL study
OPAL is a randomised, placebo controlled study investigating the efficacy of short term treatment with a commonly used opioid (Targin) in acute low back or neck pain. The study is currently ongoing and the research team is looking for GPs to be involved in recruiting patients into the study until at least the end of 2017, with each GP recruiting at least 2 patients over this period.
If you participate, your role will be to:
- Identify and screen patients who present with acute neck pain and/or back pain
- Gain the patient’s informed consent or facilitate this process
- Provide prescription of study medication and monitor your patient throughout the 6-week treatment period
- Inform the study centre when a participant has been recruited
As an active clinician in the study you will:
- Receive an honorarium for the time spent on study-related activities for each eligible
- Receive regular evidence-based research information in the study area
- Be supported by a dedicated study team on study-related activities
Enquiries: If you’re interested in getting involved or for more information, please contact the OPAL Research Team on (02) 8627 6267 or email@example.com.
Participants needed for a smokers’ study
The George Institute for Global Health is seeking participants for a clinical trial to determine whether early intervention with long acting bronchodilators, could slow down lung function decline in smokers who are at a high-risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Researchers are seeking current smokers aged 25 – 45, with over 10 pack years smoking history and normal lung function. We will offer smoking cessation. This study has Human Research Ethics approval, reference HREC/15/HAWKE/489. For information click on http://www.ANZCTR.org.au/ACTRN12616001208493.aspx.
GP participation opportunity in University of Sydney research focus groups
Researchers at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre at the University of Sydney are developing and validating a computerised clinical decision support system to be used during medication review for people with and without dementia.
Researchers are seeking General Practitioners with experience conducting medication reviews for people with and without dementia who would be willing to participate in a focus group or interview to contribute to the development of the new software. Eligible participants will be involved in two 1-hour focus group or interview sessions during the development of the software
Enquiries: If you are interested in participating in this important research, contact Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9926 4934 for a copy of the participant information sheet and other details.
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