The different systems

Every discipline, department, service or unit at Auckland DHB has its own systems for developing, presenting and approving the undertaking of research amongst its population group.

For non-Auckland DHB researchers a similar process should be followed if you are accessing participants through the Auckland DHB. 

In some areas there is a formal research group who meet regularly and strategically think about what research to support and what not to support. In others areas there is an informal peer review process and advice and suggestions are given casually. Sometimes it may be totally researcher independent with little or any review.

Once an idea, in principle, has been agreed as ok for further development, it is the principal investigator’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal is scientifically and methodologically sound, operationally and financially feasible and ethical.

A team collaborative approach to research is an excellent vehicle for testing and answering these questions.

The project cycle

The important element is that the whole project cycle is considered at this early stage. This will ensure that an enormous amount of work has not been done for nothing.    

At this point it is also essential that any proposed research considers the likely impact on standard care of patients, access to care and other resources (human, logistic and financial).

In addition, it is important to consider whether the research is likely to impact on other areas, for example, nursing, allied health, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and medical records. It is recommended, when relevant, that these groups are consulted with early to ensure that they are able to assist in the way the research proposes. 

Once these steps have been followed formal agreement to proceed to submit your research to the Research Office should be obtained from the clinical director/leader or director of nursing, depending on the area of research. How this is obtained is up to the respective people. 

As the researcher it is important you establish what the operating systems regarding research in your area are by talking with colleagues and other researchers.

If you are a non-Auckland DHB researcher wishing to undertake research with Auckland DHB patients, and you do not have a Auckland DHB co-investigator, it is essential that you discuss your research and gain approval from the appropriate service, unit, department clinical director or their designate before submitting your research to the Research Office for approval.