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It's all about the data | Research Files vol 1

Have you ever wondered what makes a pragmatic clinical trial pragmatic? Or have you heard about Clinical Data Research Networks, but didn't know what they were or what it means to be a part of one? Maybe you're wondering about health research stakeholders and why it's important to include them in the research process? Perhaps you've pondered what any of those words really mean?

Join us as we delve into the Research Files to explore such terms and their meanings; issues and aspects of clinical and translational research; behind the scenes details of our work here at the NC TraCS Institute, the integrated hub of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program at UNC; and more in a new blog series brought to you by the TraCS Communications Team.

It's all about the data

photo: Melanie Busbee/UNC-Chapel Hill

For anyone who's ever conducted an old-school chart audit, some benefits of using electronic health records (EHRs) in research or quality improvement initiatives are fairly obvious. No more pulling individual paper charts to collect data slowly and tediously, one patient at a time. No need to interpret handwriting from all the different care providers who have contributed to an individual patient chart over time. No more visits to dusty, musty record rooms to pull charts that are no longer in active rotation. No more allergy attacks in the middle of a paper-based chart audit. (Maybe that last one is just me.)

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Initiative focuses on reducing administrative barriers to community-engaged research

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Importance of community-engaged research

As we work to improve population health outcomes, there is an increased emphasis on actively and meaningfully engaging with community partners in research. The collaborative partnerships that form the foundation of this type of research are critical to the success of our efforts to improve health outcomes.

There's the research and then there's research grant administration & management

Successful research partnerships encompass more than just the research itself. There are a host of administrative and fiduciary responsibilities involved in the management of federal grants that fund a substantial portion of health-related research in the United States. Academic researchers have access to significant resources when dealing with these responsibilities (such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Sponsored Research), but community partners frequently do not have comparable infrastructure designed to support these research endeavors.

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