Most of these research resources are intended for investigator initiated projects including those for residency or fellowship requirements. Novice investigators are highly encouraged to seek guidance and feedback from a faculty mentor, program director, Academic Vice Chair, or institutional research directors.
Research protocol drafting and project design may take investigators several weeks or months to prepare. Regulatory approvals such as an IRB determination, data clearance, agreement processing or various other approvals may add time to the research development process. Investigators should take into account the time needed for all the prep work before a study can actually commence.
Methodology, Design, and Data Analysis
Prisma Health and its academic partners have several resources to support data analysis.
Prisma Health Data Support Core available for Prisma Health investigators, clinical faculty, trainees, and nurses design consultation, data request, statistical analysis.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia faculty can utilize the Research Center for Transforming Health for methodology, design and data analysis support. The RCTH has many tools and resources available for UofSCSOMC faculty and students.
Interpreting Confidence Intervals- An explanation by Dawn Blackhurst, DrPH, manager, clinical data analysis, GHS Quality Management Department.
Other Investigator Tools
Depending on the investigators affiliations, there are several citation and reference management software tools to access:
- Prisma Health Library subscribes to Refworks a group code is available on the right navigation of the Health Sciences Library to access Refworks
- University of South Carolina- School of Medicine Greenville- can utilize Prisma Health Library or UofS resources (listed below)
- University of South Carolina- School of Medicine Columbia- EndNote available through SOM-Columbia library or UofSC resources (listed below); Note- Prisma Health residents/fellows do not have access to SOM-Columbia resources
- Clemson University resources– Refworks, Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote (Basic)
- Furman University resources- NoodleTools; Refworks
- University of South Carolina resources- EndNote; Zotero; Mendeley; Note- Prisma Health residents/fellows DO have access to UofSC resources
Research Consultation Group (RCG)
The Research Consultation Group (RCG) was formed to optimize scholarly activity by providing guidance and expertise for both beginner and advanced researchers engaged in all phases of the research process in an informal setting with access to multiple resources. This consultative group is a resource to assist collaboration for research at and with Prisma Health – Upstate. Consultation opportunities:
- Clinical questions development including hypothesis development/refinement
- Need for partnership for appropriate research team members
- Study methodology: assistance with appropriate design and outcomes measures
- Study feasibility: identifying potential stakeholders, samples, recruitment efforts, timing, etc.
- Identification and facilitated engagement with auxiliary services essential to study execution (e.g. data/IT, IRB coordinator, librarian, etc)
- Timeline development
- Identification of immediate next steps
- Disseminating research findings: identification of target conferences and/or journals
Patient Engagement Studio
The Patient Engagement Studio is a resource for the Prisma Health–Upstate Health Sciences Center serving all four academic partners: Clemson University, Furman University, Prisma Health, and the University of South Carolina. The Studio provides a structured opportunity for patients, community stakeholders, physicians, and academic researchers to collaborate in planning, conducting and disseminating results of research projects and health system innovations. Any member of the Prisma Health or of our academic partners may submit a project idea for review.