Research is both encouraged and promoted at Grand River Hospital (GRH).
GRH believes that research enables:
To this end, GRH takes part in and leads a number of research projects to ensure that we remain at the forefront of best practice in care and service provisions.
- High performance programs, services, and systems;
- Nurtures effective and collaborative relationships; and
- Promotes best practice through innovation and collaboration.
How is a research study approved?
Grand River Hospital’s research committee
The first step for all research, excluding studies conducted at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, is to obtain administrative approval from the GRH research committee. This committee serves as the initial point of contact and primary resource for those interested in conducting research at GRH.
All proposed research must be submitted to the GRH’s research committee for review and approval before it can begin. The committee assesses the impact on hospital resources, and determines whether a study meets the requirements for administrative approval or needs modification.
In some cases (such as industry-sponsored studies), a contractual agreement between the study sponsor and the hospital is also required. Contracts must be submitted to GRH’s risk management for review and approval. GRH follows the Council of Academic Hospital of Ontario’s (CAHO) clinical trial agreement principles. Sponsors are encouraged to use these principles as a guide when developing their contract language in order to expedite the process.
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