New Research Study Intake Process

Idea Exploration

New and experienced investigators are encouraged to contact the RVH Research Institute to explore new research ideas. There are many factors that should be considered when developing scientifically and ethically meritorious research questions, hypotheses, and objectives for research.

Helpful Tips:

  1. Investigators should perform a scoping or systematic literature review to increase their evidence-based knowledge and familiarity with the topic, as well as to identify current trends, technological advances, and gaps in research
  2. Consult with peers, mentors, colleagues, and colleagues will help refine your research question
  3. Use the FINER criteria (below) in the development of the research question
  4. Ensure that the research questions follows PICOT format (below)
  5. Develop a focused research hypothesis and primary and secondary (if needed) objectives

FINER Criteria:

Investigators may wish to consider using the FINER criteria to help outline the important aspects of developing a clinically relevant and answerable question:

F Feasible Access to an adequate number of subjects
Research team has sufficient technical expertise to conduct the study
Study can be done within available budget and in a reasonable time period
Study is manageable in scope
I Interesting The results of the study would be of interest to the investigator, peers, study participants, and the community
N Novel The study will provide new findings, or  extend or refute previous findings
E Ethical The protocol is amenable such that a research ethics boards will approve
R Relevant The results will improve scientific knowledge, inform clinical practice, and impact future research

PICOT Criteria:

Investigators may wish to apply the PICOT criteria to develop a specific research question:

P Population What specific patient population are you interested in?
I Intervention What is your investigational intervention?
C Comparison group What is the main alternative to compare with the intervention?
O Outcome of Interest What do you intend to accomplish, measure, improve, or affect?
T Time What is the appropriate follow-up time to assess outcome

Please contact RVH Chief Research Scientist, Dr. Giulio Didiodato, if you would like to discuss additional strategies for developing a research question, hypothesis, and objective(s).

New Study Intake Form

Study Proposal

  • Rationale, research question, outcomes, study design, data collection tool, analytical plan
  • Schedule Chief Research Scientist for 1-on-1 consult (if needed)

Research Office Review

  • Research Manager reviews departmental impacts, budgets, contractual requirements
  • Schedule Research Manager for 1-on-1 consult (if needed)

Research Ethics Board Review

If your research ideas are at this stage of development, please contact:

Dr. Jesse McLean, PhD
Research Manager
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Room 3355
201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON  L4M 6M2
Tel 705-728-9090 x41350
Fax 705-739-5693

Data Collection

  • REB approval required proceeding any data access/collection
  • RVH Decision Support Unit data request and importation
  • Prospective data collection (REDCap and VforCES)

Data Analysis

  • Statistical modelling and analysis
  • Schedule Chief Research Scientist for 1-on-1 consult  (if needed)

Interpretation and Dissemination

  • Conclusions are drawn
  • Dissemination (RVH Ignite Conference, peer-reviewed publication, etc.)
  • Implementation
  • Maintenance
  • Monitoring
Quality Improvement Research
Definition The systematic, data-guided activities designed to bring about prompt improvements in institutional processes and health services delivery The systematic evidence-based investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions
Purpose To assess or promptly improve a process, program, or system; OR improve performance as judged by accepted/established standards To test a hypothesis OR establish clinical practice standards where none are accepted
Starting Point To assess an existing practice 0r standard, and to improve performance To answer a question or test a hypothesis
Benefits Designed to promptly benefit a process, program, or system and may or may not benefit patients Designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge and may or may not benefit subjects
Risk/Burdens By design, does not increase patient’s risk, with exception of possible privacy/confidentiality concerns May place subjects at risk and states as such
Data Collection Systematic data collection Systematic data collection
End Point  Promptly improve a program/process/system Answer a research question
Testing/Analysis Compare a program/process/system to an established set of standards Statistically prove or disprove a hypothesis
Regulation No; hospital standards Yes; through federal regulation and REB