Professor Sandy Middleton and Associate Professor Elizabeth McInnes from ACU’s Nursing Research Institute are part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers awarded a $1.069m National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Grant: ‘Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: a cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)’.
Led by Associate Professor Douglas from the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Nursing, this three year study aims to rigorously evaluate a systems initiative for improved nursing assessment of acute care patients to determine its effect on patients, staff and economic outcomes.
In addition, Professor Middleton is also part of multidisciplinary team awarded a $4.5m NHMRC Project Grant led by Professor Julie Bernhardt, Head of the Stroke Division at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne. The four year project: AVERT-DOSE (Determining optimal early rehabilitation after stroke): A multi-arm co-variate-adjusted, response-adaptive randomised controlled trial, aims to establish the definitive dose of mobilisation for people with mild and moderate strokes who constitute 73% of hospitalized stroke patients. This builds on the 2015 ‘A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial’ (AVERT) research which found that starting very early rehabilitation after stroke may interfere with recovery (The Lancet).
ACU wishes them all the best in their research efforts over the coming years.