Journal of Surgery (ISSN: 2575-9760)

research article

Early Results for Enhancing Surgical Research at the Teaching Hospital Level

Kate E McBride1,2*, Daniel Steffens1-3, Michael J Solomon1-3, Rachael Roberts1, Teresa Anderson1, Paul G Bannon1,3,4

*Corresponding Author: Kate E. McBride, RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, PO Box M40, Missenden Road, NSW 2050, Australia.

Received Date: 22 October, 2021

Accepted Date: 25 October, 2021

Published Date: 29 October, 2021

Abstract

Surgeons face many obstacles in undertaking research. A consistent recommendation for enhancing academic pursuits has been the provision of strong institutional support. This approach was taken in establishing a novel surgical academic institute based at a tertiary level hospital in Sydney, Australia in 2014. Having been operational for six years, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the model by measuring changes in surgical research activity and support within 16 surgical departments during this time. The main outcomes measured included (i) Research Activities and the availability of (ii) Research Resources. Through an audit, it was found a total of 1037 unique journal articles were published with the annual output presenting a positive trend. From its introduction in 2015, 140 new REDCap research databases were created, showing a linear increase. There was also a significant increase in Higher Research Degree students supervised between 2017 and 2019 (p=0.001). The availability of research resources across the 16 surgical departments increased by 21% (p<0.001). Overall, the implementation of a novel surgical academic institute has demonstrated promising trends in effectively supporting surgical research activity and the availability of research resources for surgical departments during the initial six-year period of its operation.

Keywords: Academic Surgery; Health Services Research; Surgery; Surgical Research


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