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Austen Simulation Center Simulation Based Research Tools

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The Rebecca D. Considine Research Center at Akron Children's Hospital

  • Austen Simulation Center Research falls within the Center for Healthcare Services Delivery Research and Innovation. This division of the Considine Research Center focuses research efforts on novel medications, devices and procedures, as well as transforming care quality and outcomes, critical care transports, palliative care, patient experiences and procedural innovation.
  • The research center has standardized the way investigators proceed with research at Akron Children's Hospital. Below are links to the Investigator Initiated Research Process that will walk investigators through the IRB process; ACH research forms and templates to help investigators develop research proposals and materials; and a link to the foundation grant program for pilot research.
  • Investigator Initiated Research Process Link: http://mykidsnet.chmca.org/myco/dept/research/InvestigatorInitiated/Pages/Home.aspx
  • ACH Research Forms & Templates Link: http://mykidsnet.chmca.org/myco/dept/research/Pages/Forms-and-Templates.aspx
  • ACH Foundation Grant Guidelines Link: http://mykidsnet.chmca.org/myco/dept/research/Forms/Research Foundation Grant Guidelines.pdf
  • ACH Foundation Grant Application Link: http://mykidsnet.chmca.org/myco/dept/research/Forms/Research Foundation Grant Application.pdf

Reporting guidelines for health care simulation research

  • Simulation-based research (SBR) is a relatively new field of research and as such has several new investigators that need help improving research reporting.
  • For a reader to critically assess a study, the elements of the study need to be clearly reported.
  • This study developed reporting guidelines for SBR by creating extensions to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) Statements.

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Society for Simulation in Healthcare Research Tools

  • The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the largest society for health care simulation in the world with over 3,200 members.
  • SSH has sought to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation since its establishment in 2004. 
  • SSH membership includes physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe who utilize simulation for education, testing, and research in health care. 

SSH’s Research Tools site

International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education - INSPIRE

  • INSPIRE is a pediatric simulation research network built around novice and expert researchers, educators, and clinicians who are interested in collaborating across the globe to improve the care delivered to all neonates, infants, and children.
  • Approximately 250 institutions (over 6 continents) are involved with INSPIRE, which has been steadily growing since its inception in 2011.
  • 45 studies are currently being conducted in these 7 categories:
    • Training and assessment
      • Debriefing
      • Interprofessional education, teamwork, & communication
      • Procedural and psychomotor skills
    • Healthcare innovations
      • Technology
      • Acute care & resuscitation
      • Human factors
      • Patient safety

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