CCFP-EM CQI Project
Find an area of interest. You might pick an area with established guidelines and review how closely our department practice is. Alternatively, it could be a continuation of earlier work.
Think of a very focused research question (examples include: How long does it take to give antibiotics after the diagnosis of pneumonia is made? How many asthmatics are given steroids on discharge?) Please follow the PICO criteria (attached) for defining your research question and be sure to have measurable, unambiguous outcomes for your project. Your project should be feasible, interesting, novel and reasonable for the time frame that you have.
Talk to your faculty research advisor early and then meet with him/her and Shelley McLeod (shelley.mcLeod@lhsc.on.ca or 685-8500 ext 76089) to discuss your ideas (preferably with your literature search underway) by the end of August.
Prepare a UWO Ethics Review Board application which should be ready to submit by the end of September. Depending on your project, this will likely be a level 1 expedited application. Please remember that a data extraction tool needs to be submitted with your HSREB application.
Once you have obtained HSREB (UWO) approval, health records will be contacted by Shelley to compile a list of PINs for your project. Chart reviews should be completed in Oct/Nov/Dec. Please keep in mind that Medical Records will only pull 20 charts per week, so if your sample size is large, START EARLY!). Allow yourself enough time or focus on variables that can be collected in Power Chart.
You should be ready to analyze your data by mid-January. For this project it is not necessary to test a statistical hypothesis (this would require a larger, more time-intensive project) so using descriptive statistics with measures of central tendency (means, medians) with variance estimates (confidence intervals, standard deviations, interquartile ranges) is fine for continuous data and frequency counts/proportions is fine for categorical data. Your analysis should be completed by the end of January.
Abstracts for the Division of Emergency Medicine Resident Research Day (April of each year) should be completed by the end of February. Your abstract should consist of an introduction, results, methods and conclusions section and must not be longer than 300 words. Please be sure that your advisors review your abstract before it is submitted. Your abstract will be scored by members of the Division using standardized judging criteria. The mean score will be calculated and the highest scores will be awarded oral presentations and the remaining abstracts will be presented in a moderated poster session.
If you get an early start and have everything completed by mid-January, you can submit your abstract to CAEP and, if accepted for presentation, you will receive up to $1000 from the division to cover conference and travel expenses!
The Department of Medicine has a research day in May that you may submit your abstract to.
The Department of Family Medicine has their research day in June - I urge you to present your research here as well. It will provide a good link back to Family Medicine, your home department!