ACORN project set for big growth

Child with cannula in wrist, lying in bed
July 27, 2020

Consumers are being given a unique opportunity to shape future research priorities in anaesthetics and pain management thanks to the new Anaesthetic Consumer Research Network (ACORN) project. 

The Perth Children’s Hospital Anaesthesia Research Team is proud to be driving this project run in partnership with the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

The project will create a list of the top 10 consumer research priorities for paediatric anaesthesia and perioperative medicine through two online surveys, one to compile the research ideas and the other to select the most important topics.  The project will also include a consensus workshop.

Study coordinator, Aine Sommerfield, from the Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management Research Team at PCH said the outcomes of this project have the potential to change the world of paediatric anaesthesia and perioperative medical research.

“It’s exciting to be part of a project where the voice of consumers is front and centre throughout. 

“It will also ensure our future research projects directly reflect the issues of most concern and relevance to our patients and their family members,” Aine said. 

Anyone with an experience of anaesthesia and pain management as a parent or family member is encouraged to participate in the short survey which is now open until September 2020.

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