Research is both encouraged and promoted at Grand River Hospital (GRH).
We believe that research:
- enables high performance programs, services, and systems;
- nurtures effective and collaborative relationships; and
- promotes best practice through innovation and collaboration.
To this end, we take part in and lead a number of research projects to ensure that we remain at the forefront of best practice in care and service provisions.
How is a research study approved?
Grand River Hospital’s research committee
The first step for all research, excluding studies at GRH’s 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. Receiving administrative approval permits your application to proceed to the Tri-Hospital Research Ethics Board (THREB) for review. In order to streamline the approval process, the same application template is used for both the GRH research committee review and THREB review. Links to all application documents are provided below. All application documents can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In some cases (such as industry-sponsored studies), a contractual agreement between the study sponsor and the hospital may be required. Contracts will be reviewed by GRH’s risk management department prior to hospital 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. Industry sponsored studies are also subject to an overhead fee as indicated by hospital policy.
We encourage you to view the following pages/files:
- Research Committee meeting schedule for 2016
- Application form for project review (Word file, opens in new window)
- Administrative approval form (Word file, opens in new window)
- Application for retrospective review of health records (Word file, opens in new window)
- Research data agreement (GRH RDA template, April 2016) (Word file, opens in new window) **A RDA is required for all studies in which personal information and/or personal health information will be collected**
- ** New** Research data agreement - University of Waterloo (GRH RDA Template UWaterloo February 2016)
If you need to obtain a form in a more accessible format, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you:
Laurie Dietrich, THREB Administrative Coordinator
Tri-Hospital Research Ethics Board
Phone: 519-749-4300, extension 5367
Email: email@example.com (opens in new window)
- Department impact and overhead fees policy (opens in new window)
- Health records fee schedule (as of April 1, 2015)
- Council of Academic Hospital of Ontario (CAHO) clinical trial agreement principles (opens in new page)
- Research versus quality improvement
For general information, please contact:
Phone: 519-749-4300 extension 2876
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