Introduction to Clinical Research Principles

Identifying knowledge gaps to refine clinical research questions

Systematic searches of academic literature

  • How to source relevant literature
  • Databases of academic and health literature
  • Defining search terms and criteria
  • Tools for managing references and literature (e.g. Endnote)

Critical Appraisal of literature using quality assessment tools

  • Identifying knowledge gaps why and how?
  • Critical appraisal of peer reviewed literature
  • Systematic review design, data extraction and interpretation
  • Using Quality Assessment tools

Spotlight on the presenter

Mr Chris Parker

Manager, Library Services, TPCH

  • Has managed The Prince Charles Hospital Library for over 20 years
  • Has worked in health libraries for over 30 years

Amongst other duties at TPCH, Chris provides expert training to hospital staff, including our clinical researchers, on the process of searching the medical literature and in the use of the reference management software programs including the EndNote program to manage citations. Chris has made oral and poster presentations to conferences in library sciences and allied health.

Spotlight on the presenter

Ms Nicole Gavin

Nurse Researcher, Cancer Care Services

  • Worked in Cancer Care Services since 2006
  • Experienced haematology and bone marrow transplant nurse

Nicole teaches a 12 week evidence based practice programme to nurses in Cancer Care Services. Nurses develop a PICO (patient, intervention, control & outcome) question, systematically search the literature and conduct a systematic review to inform a practice or policy change. Where there is no evidence, these nurses are encouraged to apply for the research internship to write a protocol, apply for ethics and conduct a study to provide the evidence to fill the knowledge gap.

Register by COB Thursday, 6 February 2020

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

12:30pm- 1:30pm
Education Centre
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Butterfield Street


Coordinated by Prof Janet Davies of the Metro North Office of Research: