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Supporting Trainee Research

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Research is an important aspect of our training programmes

It gives doctors a thorough understanding of evidence-based clinical practice, research methodology and critical thinking.

It also demonstrates an ability to finish tasks and balance the conflicting pressures of clinical, academic and personal demands.

We are committed to supporting emerging clinician investigators. Below is an example of a research project we are currently supporting.

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The Preparedness of Paediatric Trainees to Manage Cardiopulmonary Arrests

Cardiopulmonary arrests in infants and children are extremely rare. However, if they occur, every second counts.

It’s essential that doctors respond quickly and effectively to prevent organ damage or death. In a children’s hospital or Paediatric unit, the first doctor on the scene is often a Trainee in Basic or Higher Specialist Training.

This study will give us a valuable insight into Paediatric Trainees’ experiences of managing cardiopulmonary arrests and will help to ensure they receive training that improves patient outcomes.

The study is being conducted by Dr Órla Walsh, Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics.

She employed a mixed methods approach, using an online questionnaire and critical incident technique interviews.

The online questionnaire was used to determine Trainees’ level of experience, confidence and suggestions for training improvements.

At the interviews, participants were asked to describe a challenging cardiopulmonary arrest in which they acted as a team leader in order to identify the non-technical skills required to lead an arrest.

Orla has submitted this project as her thesis for a Masters in Clinical Education (NUIG) and hopes to get it published.

Would you like help with research?

We are delighted to support emerging clinician investigators. If you’re on an RCPI training programme and have an idea for research that will support effective training, healthy physicians or quality healthcare, we can help.

We can support you through the full research process, from putting together a strong proposal for funding, to getting your research published.

Just get in touch!

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Read our Policy on Collaborative Research

This document outlines what you should include in a proposal for collaborative research.

Read our Policy on Good Research Practice

We welcome proposals for collaboration or for access to our members or data. We recommend that you read our policy on good research practice before applying.

Contact Us

If you would like assistance with your research study, get in touch.

Dr Lucia Prihodova

Manager, Research Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9645

Dr Lucia Prihodova is the Research Manager at the at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Lucia’s research focuses on psychosocial, medical and health-care system determinants of long term health outcomes. Lucia has a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Groningen, Netherlands and is an author and co-author of 15 journal articles in the area of chronic diseases.