A pilot course for training-in-context in statistics and research methods: radiation oncology
Design. An African research network (AFRES) was created and members conducted a pilot clinical registry study to acquire real-time data over a 4-month period in 2011. Following study closure, a proto-course consisting of 7 modules, each orientated to a practical topic in study development, implementation and reporting was administered over 18 weeks to all eight AFRES members. A survey of participants was conducted to evaluate the impact of this training strategy.
Results. This strictly voluntary project had 5 of 8 AFRES members engaged in the process. Within one year, we generated and submitted two manuscripts and two news items for publication. Participants reported an increased understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice, nanya dong dok research methods and interest in pursuing future research initiatives.
Conclusion. A novel strategy to build international research infrastructure in Africa, grounded in a practical and relevant project, and which is collaborative and engaging, appears to be efficient and effective.
Tina Rutendo Madzima, Peel Regional Oncology Programme, Credit Valley Hospital
Dafalla Omer Abuidris, National Cancer Institute, University of Gezira
Ahmed Badran, Radiation Oncolgy Department, Ain Shams University Hospital
Mariza Boshoff, Charolotte Maxeke Johannesburg Acadamic Hospital
Tsaurai Erlwanger, Radiotherapy Department, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals
Nomsa Tsikai, Radiotherapy Department, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals
Glenn Wayne Jones, Peel Regional Oncology Programme, Credit Valley Hospital, and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto
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Date published: 2012-12-06
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