Research is a process of steps used to collect and analyze information to increase our understanding of a topic or issue

Current Reseach Projects

Increasing tissue donation in South Africa through the implementation of systems in hospitals

Convener: Yvonne Cordner, Burn Care Trust in association with BoneSA and Satiba.

The objective of this research is to increase tissue donation in South Africa through system implementation in state hospitals.

The dwindling supply of tissue available from the private sector is of great concern to all stakeholders and is an issue with regard to meeting the national demand for those in need of tissue transplants.

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acelityAction Priority Setting Initiative for addressing the Challenges in the field of Burns for Africa and the Middle East. 

Convener: Dr Nikki Allorto in association with Acelity

There are a number of challenges facing care of the burned patient in Africa and the Middle East. We know our problems are different to those of high income countries. If we are to stand together and begin to create change for our severely injured patients, we need to develop a strategic plan with short, medium and long-term goals. In order to present a unified approach with which we can affect the most number of patients and address the most pressing issues in our region, it is pertinent to follow the Delfi process to achieve this.

The Delphi technique is a widely used and accepted method for gathering data from respondents within their domain of expertise [1,2]. The technique is designed as a group communication process which aims to achieve a convergence of opinion on a specific issue and is well suited as a method for consensus-building by using a series of ranking. It will allow us to include all issues that the key role players feel are important but reduce redundancy and influence from each other.

We will create a network of burn surgeons around Africa and the Middle East through an online registration process. Equal representation from the region is important. Once enough surgeons have registered, the Delphi process can begin. At the completion of the process we will have identified the top 10 priorities surgeons in the field believe should be addressed in order to improve care of burn injured patients in this region.

The priorities will focus on improvement of medical and surgical care and not prevention of burns nor long term survivor issues. At this stage surgeons only will be taking part but if successful this can be extended to nurses and allied health going forward.

1. Chia-Chien Hsu, The Ohio State University & Brian A. Sandford, Oklahoma State University The Delphi Technique: Making Sense Of Consensus. Volume 12, Number 10, August 2007

2. The James Lind Alliance. http://www.lindalliance.org/