How Research is Developed at Jump

Jump is working to trial new methods to improve the quality of health care while reducing costs. Much of this work is done through research.

August 6, 2015

The landscape of health care is rapidly changing, and with that is a high demand to increase the quality of care while reducing costs.

Jump research uses simulation and engineering techniques to quickly trial new methods to meet those demands. A large research profile is emerging that spans educational simulation, human factors, and applying engineering principles to the design of simulators and to health care research.
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Ideas for new research approaches can develop from many collaborations and partnerships, such as OSF HealthCare Mission Partners, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) faculty, and external organizations.

Anatomy of Successful Research Proposals

A great idea or concept cannot be developed into a successful research project without careful planning and consideration of potential outcomes. The research coordinator works with the researcher to develop proposals, and reviews the proposal prior to it advancing to the next step.

The fundamental outline of all research proposals starts with a written protocol. All studies need carefully structured, written plans to ensure smooth implementation and successful conclusion.

This particular document can often be useful in describing details such as the hypothesis behind the project, its aims and objectives, and the proposed methods for reaching its goals.

The design of research must consider the context of the project, the type of research being conducted, and the targeted objectives. For example, if the primary objective is publication or presentation, then it's best to work backward. Know your target publication's standards and seek early peer review with statistical advice during project development.

Outlining the process for pilot testing and ensuring valid data collection is typically included as part of the protocol. This not only helps facilitate research, but also serves as a great resource for all personnel involved in the project. There are many other elements of the protocol, such as appendices, that are often overlooked but can be vital to overall approvals and comprehension of project goals. Also, the protocol must address ethical concerns, patient/learner privacy, and data security/monitoring.

Approval Process

Once approved by the research coordinator, the proposal goes to the Jump Research Committee. The Jump Research Committee is made up of experts from Jump, UICOMP, and the Center for Clinical Investigation and Therapeutics (CCIT) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. It was developed to review and provide feedback on all Jump research projects while evaluating the impact on patient care and organizational aims.

A primary reviewer is appointed to submissions, and may serve as a mentor to newer researchers who may be applying for the first time. The reviewer uses a detailed checklist to score a project based upon both weaknesses and strengths.

All committee members then review the proposed project and consider several factors including overall significance, the approach or design, the environment the study will take place in, and more. If the research is educational, the primary reviewer ensures criteria for curriculum submission have been met through a parallel process.

The panel proceeds to a vote after all reviews are made. It can choose to approve a project, approve with modifications, or disapprove. If approved by the committee and the CCIT, the project is then submitted to the Peoria Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The IRB reviews new applications for research to ensure the risks to subjects in research are minimized and the rights of subjects are appropriately protected. No research involving human subjects can be conducted prior to IRB review and approval or acknowledgment.

Implementing Research

Mounika-and-Connor-small.jpgOnce submissions have received all of the necessary approvals, the Jump research team helps investigators execute their studies to the highest quality. This involves careful planning, ensuring space and resources are available to move forward.

The intake process varies depending on the research study in question, but the objectives remain the same: implementing standards and protocols that support patient care in research practices, providing participants with adequate information about the study and their roles as subjects, and working to create safe, positive experiences for participants.

The Jump research team is responsible for the execution of research from initial design. It recruits and enrolls participants, educates staff or others involved in the study, and maintains detailed records to remain compliant. The team also ensures protocols are followed, data is collected promptly and accurately, approvals are obtained, and supports the investigators until final analysis of results are satisfied.

We've achieved so much in just two short years. Through projects such as the CVC study, we've made a big impact on patients' lives and continue to support the Ministry in providing the highest quality of care. We look forward to seeing the impact we continue to make in the future.

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