How RTs Get Involved
There are a variety of ways to be involved in research, evaluation and/or quality improvement initiatives:
- Principal investigator
- Research coordinator
- Research associate
- Member of an Ethics Review
- Quality Improvement Committee
- Evaluation or quality improvement team
Knowledge, training and experience in research and evaluation methodologies and processes in addition to respiratory therapy training prepare respiratory therapists and related professionals to produce viable studies and programs.
In Ontario, there are five universities with Departments of Respiratory Medicine that have processes and resources in place to support research:.
- University of Western Ontario-London
- McMaster University-Hamilton
- University of Toronto-Toronto
- Queen’s University-Kingston
- University of Ottawa-Ottawa
And specialized Research Institutes:
- The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
These centers have a definitive respiratory research focus and often offer affiliations with community practitioners or settings. These organizations or various practice settings (e.g. large community hospitals) or primary care practices (e.g. Sault St. Marie & District Group Health Centre) have varying degrees of resource, evaluation or quality improvement processes and resources available.
Pharmaceutical companies regularly run clinical trials which may be conducted in hospital, specialist or primary care settings. These studies may also provide opportunities for respiratory therapists to be involved in the research process.
You can become involved with the Research Committee in several ways:
Becoming a member of the RTSO Research Committee. Members of the Research Committee will be experienced, inexperienced and interested respiratory therapists who will contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the effect of the Framework. All it takes is some enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and interest in taking part.
Contributing to the website. You can help by providing content toward each element of the Framework. For instance, providing a list of programs and workshops aimed at training RT’s in research. This may include searching programs across the province or providing information on courses local to your practice or geographical area.
Becoming a mentor. Those RT’s experienced in research, evaluation or quality improvement processes could volunteer to mentor other less experienced RT’s interested in developing their skills.
Becoming a peer reviewer. For those interested in reviewing abstracts and posters for the RTSO forum.
Contribute to Roundtable Discussions. Lend expertise, advice and encouragement to others, find co-investigators and discuss studies both potential and ongoing.
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