We are strongly committed to promote and support research as a part of the care we provide every day. We recognise the contribution research has made to improving health and guiding clinical treatments, especially in Intensive Care.
All research we conduct has been approved by a Health and Disability Ethics Committee in New Zealand. This independent organisation ensures that all patients' rights and welfare are protected.
Many previous studies we have carried out have led to changes in the way we do things. This has improved outcomes for the critically ill patients we now look after.
There are several different types of research that can be carried out in ICU. Some examples are given below.
Our research team work with a number of national and international research groups to ensure that studies will both improve patient care and are conducted correctly. We have a strong focus on clinician-led studies, with these organisations helping choose which studies we should contribute to, providing administrative, data collection and statistical support, and monitoring to oversee each study while it is in progress. Some of the main organisations we work with are described below.
The ANZICS CTG is one of the world's leading ICU research groups. It is made up of a highly collegial, multi-disciplinary community of Intensive Care Clinicians & Researchers.
The CTG is…
MRINZ is an independent research organisation & registered charity based in Wellington. It works closely with Wellington ICU and has won many awards for ICU research.
We work with them because of…
Not everyone admitted to ICU is able to take part in a study. Often certain conditions have to be met, such as having a specific illness or receiving a certain treatment. Research staff will screen patients to see if they are able to participate.
If you meet the conditions to be included in a study, a researcher may approach you to discuss taking part. This discussion will include
You will be given a copy of the study information sheet. Please read this carefully and ask any questions you may have. You may also want to discuss the study with your family or whānau before you make any decisions.