The UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program offers scholarships to UQ coursework students wishing to undertake a research internship over the summer vacation period. 

Find out more about Summer Research Scholarships and how to apply.

We have 1 research project on offer for Summer 2023/24:

Evaluating the impact of co-location of GP clinic near Emergency Department

Project duration

6 weeks; 36 hours per week

While on-site attendance is preferred to facilitate research engagement and enhance student learning experience, hybrid arrangement will also be considered. 

Description

Increasing number of emergency department presentations has been of a growing concern for health systems in many countries. This potentially leads to overcrowding of emergency department and result in a longer stay for ED patients decreasing their satisfaction, increasing waiting time to treatment and potentially worse health outcomes. Published literature suggests that some of the increase in demand is attributable to people with primary care problems who use emergency and urgent care services to access care. 

In 2022, UQ Healthcare (UQHC) and Childrens Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS) trialled an innovative model of care to reduce the load on the Queensland Children’s Hospital ED. UQHC established a GP-led Paediatric Minor Injury and Illness Clinic (P-MIIC) co-located above the Emergency Department in the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The P-MIIC clinic trial ran from July to November 2022. 

This study will aim to evaluate the impact of the P-MIIC trial and provide evidence of the effectiveness of the pilot program. 

Data for analysis: non-identifiable ED hospital data (subject to approval)

The project involves completing some or all of the following:

  • processing data collection and selecting relevant variables for analysis;
  • generating descriptive statistics and analysing trends across different patient cohorts;
  • econometric analysis;
  • results reporting;
  • a literature review.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

Students may gain skills in the data analysis of large dataset, including managing, processing, and analysing the data. Data analysis will be predominantly done in Stata, so students will have an opportunity to improve their Stata skills. Students may also be involved in literature review tasks and improve their research skills.

Suitable for:

This project is open to applications from Business and Economics Bachelor and Masters students, as well as Honours students. Successful completion of some courses on data analysis and applied microeconometrics is desirable. Experience with the collection and preparation of datasets is desirable, as is the experience in Stata.

Primary supervisor

Dr Anton Pak

For further information please contact Dr Anton Pak at a.pak@uq.edu.au.

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