Field:

  • Biostatistics
  • Data analytics
  • Emergency medicine
  • General practice
  • Internal medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Radiology and imaging

Location: Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Type of student: 

  • Higher Degree Research only i.e. PhD or MPhil (intercalated MD-PhD & MD-MPhil)
  • Extra-curricular only (this represents research work experience opportunities that students may do during spare time and holiday periods)
  • Honours students
  • 4 Unit Masters of Public Health (MPH) Student
  • PGY1: Post-graduate year 1
  • PGY2: Post-graduate year 2

Type of work: 

  • Chart reviews
  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis

Brief synopsis

This project will assess the clinical outcomes and management of patients with transient ischaemic attack in the emergency department setting. The acute management of such patients involves risk-stratification – predicting future adverse clinical events, in particular stroke, permanent long-term disability, and death. 

A new scoring system developed from a prospective study in Canada in 2020 is yet to be validated for use in the Australian healthcare system. Retrospective review of our data with side-by-side comparison of the current and alternate scoring systems will aid in validating the newer system and may (or may not) prove superior. If superior in its predictive power, the new system will save patients significant amounts of time and keep them safe from adverse effects. If inferior, this will give renewed confidence to the current standard of practice. 

This project is elegant in its simplicity and is anticipated to be impactful in the fields of emergency medicine, neurology, radiology, and general practice. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in a review of the literature, writing a literature review, collection of data, as well as participate in discussions with relevant experts regarding statistical analysis. 

Prerequisite skills:  Literature review and writing skills preferred. Familiarity with word processing and referencing software. No previous data skills necessary – student will be introduced to these. Statistical experience will be viewed favourably.

Time frame: 3 to 6 month time frame, negotiable.

Supervisor

Dr Peter Del Mar

Academic Title-Senior Lecturer
Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit