The role of the ICU research coordinator in Australia: an invaluable resource for ICU research

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Title The role of the ICU research coordinator in Australia: an invaluable resource for ICU research
Author Roberts, B.; Rickard, C. M.
Journal Name Critical Care and Resuscitation
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
Abstract A recent development in the staffing profiles of many Australian Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has been the addition of the Research Coordinator (RC) positions (also termed Research Nurse/Officer or similar). At least 70 such positions now exist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Although there have been reports of the RC role in other specialties and countries, the role in Australian ICU research has not previously been described in the professional literature. The novelty of the ICU RC position, combined with a lack of discussion in the literature, may mean that other health professionals poorly understand the role. In some settings, the RC role has been noted to be sometimes misinterpreted as limited to being a “doctors' lackey”, performing mindless data collection for medical research or alternately as an elitist academic far removed from clinical relevance.1-3 In actuality, the role is neither of these things, being both complex and clinically based, it requires specialised knowledge and skills in order to undertake, promote and manage quality ICU research activity. This review seeks to document the development of the ICU RC role in Australia and to provide factual information regarding the role.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 7
Issue Number 1
Page from 52
Page to 56
ISSN 1441-2772
Date Accessioned 2007-05-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care); PRE2009-Intensive Care
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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