Promoting Professional Development of Critical Care Research Coordinators through Annual Workshops
CCCF ePoster library. McDonald E. Nov 7, 2018; 233378; 8
Ellen McDonald
Ellen McDonald
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Background: Research coordinators (RC) are essential to critical care research yet often work in isolation from peers and have limited opportunities for professional growth and development. In 2004, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) formed the Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators Group (CCCRCG) to provide a forum for dedicated education and an opportunity for networking.

Objective: The objective of this study is to describe faculty, content, and evaluations from a series of workshops provided to Canadian RCs by the CCCRCG.


Methods: We reviewed annual workshop agendas for speakers and content as well as responses on evaluation forms. Speakers were categorized as: RC, CCCTG Investigators (CI) or Invited Experts (IE). Workshop content was categorized as: (1) Professional Growth and Development (PG&D): presentation content aiming to improve the competence, skill, and effectiveness of RCs; (2) Regulatory Requirements (RR): presentation content related to clinical research regulations; and (3) Education (ED): presentation content related to diagnosis, treatment and therapeutic modalities in critical care or general information about critical care research. Evaluation forms used a 5-point Likert scale (1=unacceptable; 5=excellent) to rate speakers. Workshop attendees were invited to provide comments regarding current and future content. Two authors synthesized the narrative comments by theme.


Results: On average, 40 RCs attended each of the 14 workshops (2004-2017). Of the 96 sessions presented, 37 (39%) were related to PG&D, 35 (36%) ED, and 24 (25%) RR. Amongst the 122 speakers, the majority were RCs 81 (66%), with CI and IE representing 21 (17%) and 14 (11%) of speakers respectively. Speakers were rated 2008 times. The average rating was 4.4 (SD 0.74) (very good) on a 1–5 scale; 52% of ratings were 5 (excellent). Using a Jonckheere-Terpstra test, it was determined that evaluation ratings are improving over time (p = 0.01). Workshop attendee comments provided positive feedback on the diversity of topics and speakers. RCs reported networking opportunities, interactive discussions and learning from more experienced RCs as the most valued aspects of the workshops. Areas for improvement included more time for group discussion and interactive sessions. Suggestions for future workshop content focused on practical day-to-day activities such as grant writing, budget preparation, consent and co-enrolment, regulatory requirements, time management, research methodology and increasing productivity.


Conclusions: The Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators have broad learning needs. Professional growth and development is highly valued. Attendees at national Workshops appreciate increasing their knowledge base, networking with colleagues, and interactive discussions. RCs desire education related to practical aspects of their work, including improving efficiency and productivity while adhering to regulatory requirements. Workshop evaluations have improved over the 14 years of operation.


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