Quantifying the Academic Activities of the Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators Group (CCCRCG)
CCCF ePoster library. McDonald E. Nov 7, 2018; 233377; 7
Ellen McDonald
Ellen McDonald
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Background: Critical Care Research Coordinators (RCs) affiliated with the Canadian Critical Care Trial Group (CCCTG) collaborate with Investigators both in Canada and internationally. To-date, the academic activities of Research Coordinators (RC) have not been well described. After inception of the CCCRCG in 2004, five important initiatives have supported the professional development of the members: 1) Annual Workshops starting in 2004; 2) Research Grant competition to fund RC-led projects launched in 2011; 3) Travel grant competition instituted in 2015 to support travel to CCCTG meetings and CCCRCG Workshops; 4) a National Platform Research Coordinator (0.5 FTE) was appointed to elicit and support RC learning needs; and 5) a Webinar series was launched in 2016.


Objective: The objective of this project is to describe the academic activities of Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators over the past 22 years.


Methods: We developed a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to document academic activities of CCCRCG between1996-2017. Abstracts, manuscripts, and grants which included RCs as either (co-)authors or (co-)investigators were included.  Duplicate citations and citations referencing activities not related to critical care or to CCCTG-work were verified with the authors and removed. We documented the number of citations and grants with RCs as first or last author to highlight RC leadership of research initiatives. We checked references, and in duplicate, counted the number of citations. We calculated the total funding amount of RC-led grants and grants for which RCs were contributors. Grant contributions were checked by 2 RCs.


Results: The CCCRCG CV includes 426 independent entries: 258 abstracts, 139 manuscripts, and 29 grants. A RC is listed as first or last author for 133 (31%) independent entries, including 96 (37%) abstracts and 22 (16%) manuscripts. A Spearman's rank-order correlation was run to assess the relationship between time in years and total number of manuscripts published. Preliminary analysis showed the relationship to be monotonic, as assessed by visual inspection of a scatterplot. There was a strong positive correlation between time (in years from 1996 to 2017) and total number of manuscript inclusions, rs(22) = .887, p<.001. Similarly, there was a strong positive correlation between time and total number of manuscripts inclusions with an RC as first or last author, rs(22) = .639, p = .002. CCCRCG members received funding for 15 grants for which the Principal Investigator (PI) was a RC, with a rotal budget amount of $47,000. Additionally, RCs have been involved as collaborators in another 14 grants, with a total budget of $3,222,636. Overall, RCs have supported the grant process for studies with a total budget of $3,269,636. Prior to the introduction of the RC Grant competition in 2011, the number of grants for which a RC was the PI was 1 (8%) whereas in 2011 or later, a RC was the PI on 14 (82%) grants.


Conclusions: As key members of CCCTG, RCs have led and collaborated on numerous abstracts, manuscripts, and grants. Both the annual volume of activity and the level of “contributorship” has increased over time. Grants with RCs as PIs have increased substantially since the introduction of the RC Grant competition in 2011. The productivity of CCCRCG has been supported by nationally funded initiatives from the CCCTG and we anticipate that this academic growth will be sustained in years to come.



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