Conducting research in a large health organization can be daunting, especially with the multiple approvals that are often required. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to conduct research with AHS EMS:
- Are you conducting research? The AHS EMS system supports the use of the ARECCI Ethics Screening Tool to support your decision on whether your project constitutes research or another type of knowledge-generating project such as quality improvement or programme evaluation. We also recommend that you contact a Research Ethics Board (REB) in Alberta to discuss the need for REB oversight for your project.
- Contact AHS Research and the AHS EMS Research Committee: Please see this webpage for AHS Research contact information. In addition, for research involving the AHS EMS system, please contact the AHS EMS Research Committee to discuss your project: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit an AHS EMS Research Committee proposal: As each research study is unique, it is best to work in conjunction with AHS Research and the Chairs of the AHS EMS Research Committee to ensure that the AHS EMS Research Committee proposal submission is timed with other required submissions, such as REB and other AHS departments as required. The AHS EMS Research Committee requires the following documents to begin an operational review:
- A completed ARECCI Ethics Screening Tool
- The research proposal that was submitted to the REB, or the proposal that is intended to be submitted to the REB
- A completed AHS EMS Research Committee Proposed Research Review Form (please note that this form is designed to refer back to your study proposal to avoid the need to duplicate information. Additional information can also be added on the form.)
Upon receipt of the preceding information, the AHS EMS Research Committee will begin their operational review process.