The Rise in Trauma & Orthopaedic Trainee-Led Research and Audit Collaborative Projects in the United Kingdom Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic (2022)

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*Khaleeq T.; *Kabariti R.; *Ahmed U.

British Journal of Surgery. Conference: ASiT Surgical Conference 2022. Aberdeen United Kingdom. 109(Supplement 6) (pp vi35), 2022. Date of Publication: September 2022.

Introduction: There has been a rise in trainee-led trauma & orthopaedic multi-centre research collaborative projects globally. These increase trainee involvement in research with an opportunity to deliver highly generalisable results on a particular topic. Objective(s): To evaluate the number of trauma & orthopaedic trainee-led research collaborative projects that took part since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK and compare them to projects from 2019. Method(s): This was a retrospective study that evaluated trauma & orthopaedic trainee-led national collaborative projects within the UK since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown (March 2020 to June 2021). Our exclusion criteria included any regional collaborative projects, pre Covid- 19 projects and projects of other surgical specialities. Result(s): In 2019, 0 trainee-led collaborative projects were commenced nationally in the UK. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we identified 10 trainee-led collaborative trauma & orthopaedic projects with 6 being published so far. The level of evidence ranged between 3 and 4 and included 5 Audits and 5 cohort studies. The patients that were included in the studies ranged from 927 to 140,231 from a total of 2249 centres. Conclusion(s): Covid-19 has placed significant challenges across healthcare. However, one positive aspect is the increase in multi-centre trainee-led collaborative projects within the UK. Our study highlights the feasibility of a trainee-led high quality collaborative research projects in the UK and the availability of new tools such as social media and centralised confidential online databases such as Redcap facilitates such projects. Therefore, we recommend expanding this trainee-led collaborative platform in the field of trauma & orthopaedics worldwide.

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