Intensive care research coordinators in Australia and New Zealand: a cross-sectional survey of demographics, responsibilities, job satisfaction and importance

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Title Intensive care research coordinators in Australia and New Zealand: a cross-sectional survey of demographics, responsibilities, job satisfaction and importance
Author Roberts, Brigit; Eastwood, Glen M.; Raunow, Heike; Howe, Belinda; Rickard, Claire
Journal Name Australian Critical Care
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Introduction The achievement of successful clinical research projects depends on multiple team members including Research Coordinators (RCs), who are the link between the researcher and the trial participants. The RCs main responsibility is to ensure that all research is conducted according to the appropriate protocols, regulations and guidelines. Aim Description of demographics, the role and associated responsibilities and assessment of items of importance to, and satisfaction with, various job related items. Method An observational web-based cross-sectional study of RCs working in Intensive Care Units (ICU) across Australia and New Zealand. Results Fifty-six participants completed the survey. Forty percent had more than 6 years experience in ICU research and one-third held a Masters Degree. Most respondents performed research related tasks including ethics submission, patient screening, education and data collection. Autonomy and work hours were the most satisfying job characteristics reported and aspects relating to autonomy were most important for the RCs. Inadequate remuneration was of great concern to the participants. Conclusion Research Coordinators in Australia and New Zealand have many and varied roles with a significant workload. Unfortunately, the RCs do not feel their employers are adequately remunerating the demand on their time and efforts. The results indicate that RCs enjoy high levels of satisfaction with general conditions and facets of their work and its environment and they remain passionate about their role in the ICU setting.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2011.02.003
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 ACCCN. Published by Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 24
Issue Number 4
Page from 259
Page to 268
ISSN 1036-7314
Date Accessioned 2011-05-03
Date Available 2013-08-29T22:00:49Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40201
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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