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Survey of research capability at Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists accredited training sites

Clinical Trials Network, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit, Melbourne Medical School, and Departments of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Surgery, University of Melbourne, Department of Anaesthesia, Austin Hospital, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Summary

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) has more than 200 accredited training sites in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, many of which participate in ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (CTN)–endorsed clinical trials. We undertook a survey of accredited sites to determine research capability, activity and potential. With ethics committee approval an electronic survey was distributed to accredited sites in July 2015. Of 207 accredited sites, 167 were sent the questionnaire (after eliminating ineligible sites) and 128 responded. Response rates for Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore were 100%, 100%, 35%, 25% and 75% respectively. Forty-four (34%) of 128 responding sites had a head of research; 101 (80%) of 126 responding sites were active in research; 42 (33%) of 126 responding sites had no publications since January 2011 and 15 (12%) had >50 publications; 95 (76%) of 125 responding sites had at least one specialist anaesthetist engaged in research (median = 4 [range 1–25]); and 45 (36%) of 125 responding sites had at least one research coordinator (median = 2 [range 1–15]). Fifty-eight (28%) of the 207 accredited sites were identified as participating in recent ANZCA CTN–endorsed clinical trials. Research capability and activity were higher in these sites. This survey has identified a strong base upon which to expand clinical trial activity, and regions, sectors, investigators and research coordinators who may benefit from additional support.

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