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Projects

PATTERN members are key members of interdisciplinary teams across Queensland, leading and collaborating on a large number of projects. Here are some examples of the current work underway:

Children’s Health Clinician Researcher Development Program

Led by: Associate Professor Amanda Ullman (23 June 2021)

This is a UQ CHRC and Children's Health Queensland initiative. The goal of the program is to foster new collaborative and translational research across the Queensland Children's Hospital and Centre for Child Health Research precinct by increasing the number of new clinician researchers and fostering the development of existing early career researchers. The program is designed for health professionals from a range of clinical disciplines, including biomedical, medical, nursing, allied health, health science and social science. The program will enable new researchers to begin their research career through a facilitated and applied process of clinical research training, research project development, and mentorship.


Outcomes


Clinicians enrolled in this program will:
· Learn the fundamental concepts required to undertake research in a clinical setting.
· Lead the planning and completion of a clinical research project.
· Study how to ensure they translate their research into clinical practice.
· Develop their critical research networks and opportunities.
· Individualized outcomes for each clinician based on their clinical area and intended field of study.

Format


This will be a one year program initially. There will be a mixed educational format:
· Scheduled small classes held in 4-5 half day sessions over the year,
· Facilitated online learning sessions. (usually readily available online materials from a variety of sources)
· Applied learning via completion of a clinical research project.
· Mentorship with a CHQ/UQ clinical researcher.
· Intense, focused study covering the fundamentals of clinical research methodology, a researcher's ethical responsibilities, project management skills necessary for clinical research, and essentials of implementation science.

Mentorship


The program will enable new researchers to begin their research career through a facilitated process of research project development and mentorship. We will source mentors from existing mid and senior career researchers across the precinct who will in turn be offered the opportunity to take part in a Research Mentorship Seminar enabling these mentors to advance their own research and leadership portfolios. This will be facilitated by Professor Vineet Chopra (The University of Michigan) and based on "The Mentoring Guide". The Children's Health Clinician Researcher Development Program will capitalize on existing resources available through UQ and QH, and resources under development (e.g. ClinRes2U).

Clinical Research Program


Prior to application, the clinician should work with their department or division to develop a research idea/question, to meet their local and CHQ-wide vision and values. The clinician will then work with their mentor to develop an achievable clinical research program to develop practice in the area. This is likely to involve a literature review and small project (e.g., retrospective audit, prospective cohort, cross-sectional survey, quality improvement), that may develop into a more substantial program of research.

Target Audience


Experienced post-graduate clinicians interested in undertaking clinical research, or who have recently started their first research project. Clinicians include health professionals from a range of clinical disciplines, including biomedical, medical, nursing, allied health, health science and social science We expect 10 to 15 new researchers to join the program each year.

Time commitment


Time commitment to the 12-month program will vary during different phases. Participants are expected to be available for all scheduled small classes and mentorship. This may include accessing professional development leave (for discussion with discipline/line manager, prior to application).


Application Process


Applicants will be accepted based on their Expression of Interest applications. It is essential that the clinician receives approval from his/her discipline manager. Each applicant is encouraged to have a research idea they would like to pursue or to discuss a listed potential clinical research project with the corresponding named supervisor. The applicant is encouraged to also discuss their research idea with their discipline/clinical program area.
 

Funding


There will be no cost to the clinician researcher.
The UQ Faculty of Medicine have agreed to provide $10K towards the program development cost. These funds will support both the provision of external resources and some of the administrative aspects of program coordination including timetabling, agreements with clinical departments on staff availability, surveys and outcome measures. 


Topics


Pre-commencement expectations:   NHMRC eLearning Modules


During program:
· How to define a research question? (Critiquing other research questions)
· Searching the Medical Literature for Evidence Based Practice
· Overview of study designs, including threats to design.
- Plus Practical session analysing research papers
· Study design and analysis: Types of data and its analysis
· Qualitative research methods
· Literature and systematic reviews
· Big data Ethical considerations in paediatric clinical research
· Recruitment: Practical considerations and tips
· Project management 101: On time, good quality, on budget
- Project management
- Quality management
- Budgets
· Health economics: When and how to build in to your study; combining outcomes with costs
· Guide to writing a research paper
· Poster and platform presentations
· Research impac

Australian Paediatric Nursing Research Survey

Led by: Associate Professor Amanda Ullman

High-quality paediatric nursing research is needed to inform and advance nursing practice, however a a systematic description of the current state of Australian paediatric nursing research has never been undertaken. Using a cross-sectional online survey, 100 research-active paediatric nursing academics/clinicians reported diverse educational and professional backgrounds, research foci, and work locations. This study represents a first step toward developing a programmatic approach to paediatric nursing research in Australia.

Identifying research priorities for paediatrics in Australia

Led by: Dr Helen Petsky

This project will be used to prioritise and direct future research projects and will be valuable to focus research energies for all members of PATTERN moving forward. Research funding bodies are seeking to identify the maximum benefit and health outcomes that are of relevance and importance to both service users and healthcare professionals. This study will identify the research questions that consumers and healthcare professionals want answered. As a network, we can work towards answering these questions. 

The study aims:
1. To bring together clinicians, consumers and health service executives to identify and prioritise research questions in paediatrics;
2. To agree by consensus the 'top ten' most important research questions from those identified.

myPainPal: Co-creation of an mHealth app for the management of persistent pain in young people

Led by: Professor Marie Cooke

Based on interviews with young children aged 10 to 14 years, parents and health care professionals, and with overarching guidance from an expert advisory group, we have developed a mHealth app, myPainPal. The process used to co-create the myPainPal app was an important relationship building research process, combining the knowledge and skills of researchers, healthcare mobile applications experts, health clinicians, patients and parents to create a new and valuable resource for a vulnerable group of young people. Young people with persistent pain identified four major mHealth needs (mind-body scan, strategies, goal setting, social support and engagement).

The subsequent structure for the myPainPal app incorporated these, together with feedback from the ARG and current best practice for self-management of persistent pain. The final framework consisted of four elements:

  1. self-monitoring diary and calendar
  2. goal setting
  3. tips and strategies
  4. social 

This structure is consistent with the evidence-based sociopsychobiomedical approach to the management of pediatric persistent pain and incorporates multimodal self-management strategies to optimize treatment. This project was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation (Health and Disability).

Project Link

Ianpotter.org.au

Needle-phobia during immunisation

Led by: Rebecca Doyle

Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service is conducting a research project that is piloting multidisciplinary model of care clinics for children with severe needle phobia. This is a streamlined, individualised model with input from patients and their families, occupational therapists, specialist immunisation staff, anaesthetists and psychologists.

The project aims to reduce stress and anxiety associated with immunisation and uses a variety of techniques including distraction, virtual reality and inhaled sedation. It is hoped that data from this project will facilitate the development of resources for all vaccine providers to support successful vaccination of needle phobic children.

It also hopes to provide evidence to support the commencement of a hospital-wide procedural anxiety service for all children requiring a medical procedures that cause discomfort and anxiety.

 

Improving the recognition and treatment of paediatric sepsis

Led by: Amanda Harley

Sepsis is a devastating infection that kills more children than road traffic accidents. CNC Amanda Harley is a key member of the team developing and implementing a statewide paediatric sepsis clinical pathway. Amanda describes sepsis as 'like an iceberg'. "The tip is something you can feel in your gut - that something is not quite right with this patient, but you can't see what's lurking ahead. What I ask clinicians is: what are your safety nets to monitor these patients? What do you do if you have a gut instinct about someone?" Sepsis affects over 500 children every year in Queensland and sepsis related deaths exceed Road Traffic tools and diseases such as leukaemia.

Poor sepsis outcomes are strongly correlated to delays in time to recognition and treatment: every hour delay in the administration of appropriate antibiotics leads to a >5% rise in mortality in patients with infection, and increases the duration of organ failure and need for ICU support. Early recognition and rapid initiation of correct antimicrobial treatment can thus not only result in dramatic reduction of sepsis mortality but result in faster recovery, shortening the need for intensive care (ICU) bed days, which represents the largest cost factor.

At present, Queensland Health does not have standardised approaches for recognition and management of sepsis in children. Queensland Health is launching a Statewide Paediatric Sepsis Collaborative to reduce the impact of sepsis on child health. The Collaborative targets Emergency Departments across the state and is designed to lead to faster delivery of recognition and treatment of sepsis using a standardized approach based on best international practice. The pathway has been developed by wide stakeholder and consumer engagement.

Project Link

Clinicalexcellence.qld.gov.au

Does integrating a parenting support program into paediatric eczema care services improve treatment outcomes?

Led by: Dr Amy Mitchell

Childhood eczema places an enormous burden on children and families. While good evidence for therapeutic interventions exists, ongoing non-compliance with treatment is common and presents a serious problem, increasing morbidity and impacting quality of life for children and families. Existing approaches have a record of failure in improving adherence.

This study will improve family-centred care and clinical outcomes for children with eczema by translating evidence-based parenting support into clinical practice within existing eczema care services, to improve treatment adherence, reduce disease severity, and improve quality of life. Funded by the Children's Hospital Foundation Translator Grant (ref. 50223)

Project Link ANZCTR

 

Normal saline And lung Recruitment with paediatric Endotracheal Suction: NARES

Led by: Jessica Schults

How do you suction? Hi there, every year in Australia and New Zealand more than 5000 children are intubated and require endotracheal suctioning to maintain their breathing tube's patency.  Suction prevents mucous and mucous is bad, well for the ventilated child anyway. Suction is primarily a nursing responsibility and there is limited scientific evidence that tells us how we should be suctioning our patients.

For nurses this means there is often uncertainty regarding the appropriateness of interventions we use in our daily practice, and we base our practice decisions on previous experience and gut instinct. As a consequence of this lack of scientific evidence, endotracheal suctioning guidelines used both nationally and internationally lack the rigour of guidelines that are often used in clinical practice.

My PhD research looks at testing two commonly used suction interventions 1) normal saline installation, and 2) lung recruitment. Through a systematic review of the evidence, interviews with key stakeholders such as nurses, and a pilot trial which examines the feasibility of conducting a large clinical trial, I hope to provide some important information about why and what affects our suction practices are having on children in our care. As a nurse, it seems crazy to me that one of the most common interventions we do in the PICU lacks the evidence to really help us decide how to do it. You can find more information on the trial at ANZCTR (trial registration: ACTRN12617000609358) or alternatively flick me an e-mail  at j.schults@griffith.edu.au if you have a passion for suction I'd love to hear from you.

 

Development of the Paediatric Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Infusion Catheters (mini-MAGIC)

Led by: Associate Professor Amanda Ullman

PIVC (peripheral intravenous catheter) insertion and management is challenging with more than 25% of devices failing in the paediatric population. Failure may require a child to undergo traumatic reinsertion procedures, delay important medical treatment and prolong the length of hospital stay. One way to reduce PIVC failure is with effective PIVC dressing and securement, by ensuring correct catheter position in the vein.

The aim of this study is to evaluate securement devices for PIVCs in the paediatric emergency department to determine which method is most effective for reducing PIVC failure, associated costs, acceptability, and patient distress.

Project Link:

https://www.avatargroup.org.au/mini-magic.html

 

Paediatric Reduction in Emergency Cannula Accidental REmoval Trial (PRECARE)

Led by: Brooke Charters

PIVC (peripheral intravenous catheter) insertion and management is challenging with more than 25% of devices failing in the paediatric population. Failure may require a child to undergo traumatic reinsertion procedures, delay important medical treatment and prolong the length of hospital stay. One way to reduce PIVC failure is with effective PIVC dressing and securement, by ensuring correct catheter position in the vein.

The aim of this study is to evaluate securement devices for PIVCs in the paediatric emergency department to determine which method is most effective for reducing PIVC failure, associated costs, acceptability, and patient distress.

Project Link:

Emergencyfoundation.org.au

 

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