Join the 2018 PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge!

Jan 18, 2018 | Spotlight

Nicole O’Byrne, Kosa Matic, Josie Geller and Ali Eberhardt were part of a PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge team that received funding in 2014 for their project titled, “Addressing the gap in adult eating disorder nutritional recovery: Transitioning patients from intensive treatment to home.” Nicole O’Byrne, Kosa Matic, Josie Geller and Ali Eberhardt were part of a PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge team that received funding in 2014 for their project titled, “Addressing the gap in adult eating disorder nutritional recovery: Transitioning patients from intensive treatment to home.”

Picture this: a team of occupational therapists is exploring yoga to reduce stress in cardiac rehab patients, a team in the emergency department is doing patient journey mapping to facilitate flow through the department, and an interdisciplinary team in the ICU is implementing a palliative approach by developing a screening tool for patients and families. These are just a few examples of the 80 Research Challenge projects funded in the first seven years of the program.

Since 2010, the PHC Professional Practice Office and the PHC Research Institute (along with BCNU, HSABC and the Transplant Research Foundation) have supported teams of point-of-care nurses, PTs, OTs, dietitians, social workers and others who have contributed to practice change and improvements in patient care through small-scale research projects conducted in their own practice settings. The Research Challenge brings evidence-based practice to life and demonstrates how research at the bedside can improve patient outcomes.

The Research Challenge is designed to support point-of-care staff who don’t have research experience – but are keen to take on a project. The Practice-based Research Challenge will help you learn about research and conduct your own clinical practice project; provide information, mentorship, and funding; and answer a question you have about your own clinical practice.

Research can be conducted on your area of interest, or it could be knowledge translation related to a previous research project you’ve conducted. Patient and Family-Centred Care continues to be a focus; all teams will be encouraged to include patient/family input in their projects.

A Q&A session will be held Jan. 22, noon to 1 p.m. at St Paul’s Hospital, Dining Rooms 1 and 2. If you'd like to join the Research Challenge, fill out a short application describing your research question. Click here for details.

General questions? Contact Aggie Black: ablack@providencehealth.bc.ca

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