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Summer Research Opportunity: The Hospital for Sick Children



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Be part of an exciting research environment at Sick Kids in Toronto this summer. A study focused on case reports in Anesthesiology is looking for medical students or residents who are interested in volunteering their time in exchange for authorship.

Project: Case Reports in Anesthesiology - Applying a Quality Assurance Lens

Case reports in anesthesia represent an important part of medical knowledge informing us of rare diseases, new equipment, unanticipated outcomes, innovative therapies, and important lessons. Understanding how case reports translate into guidelines that form clinical practice, however, is less clear.

The purpose of the study is to understand the impact of case reports by examining its inclusion in the most recent clinical practice guidelines commonly used in anesthesiology.  Moreover, we will examine the quality of case reports incorporated into these consensus statements using the CARE guidelines.

Research Questions:

  1. How many case reports are included in the most recent major clinical practice guidelines  (ASRA guidelines, ACLS guidelines, PALS guidelines, CAS guidelines, ASA practice guidelines)
  2. What is the bibliometric impact (citations) of the case reports used in randomized controlled trials and major clinical practice guidelines?
  3. What is the quality of the case report as assessed by the CARE guidelines?

Project Timeline:
June 2015 - Data collection and extraction
July 2015 - Analysis
August 2015 - Project write-up

For more information and details on how to apply, contact the study's PI:
Ekta Khemani, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinical Associate
The Hospital for Sick Children

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