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This workshop will focus on training healthcare professionals and researchers to identify opportunities to collaborate and work together, implementing research projects within routine clinical practice. Collaboration is essential in Brazil, as most research institutions and laboratories are disconnected from health care services. The goal of this workshop is to foster an interest in research in health professionals working in public hospitals in Brazil, routinely focused on health care. The programme was designed to demystify 'doing research', presenting the NeuroZIKA case-control study as a good example of local and international collaboration between public health care and research institutions during the Zika epidemic. Moreover, the NeuroCOVID study protocol will serve to embed research skills training.

This training piece will take the form of a blended course. An online training component including Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the Professional Development Scheme (PDS), as well as a face-to-face component in four different hospitals that are participating in the NeuroCOVID multicentre case-control study: Hospital da Restauração (Pernambuco), Hospital Primavera (Sergipe), Hospital de Emergência e Trauma (Paraíba), Hospital Ophir Loyola (Pará). Participants will learn how the study was implemented considering the implications to clinical practice in each centre, as well as how to develop a research question, how to secure a grant, and how to shape a research protocol.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to understand and critically evaluate the scientific problem and the pragmatic research question, as well as the study protocol and instruments, respecting ethical practices. In addition, the workshop will enable exchanges between researchers and health professionals to discuss barriers and solutions to pursuing “research at the bedside”, serving as the initial step into research for professionals who have not yet had the opportunity, including nurses, doctors, lab technicians and residents working in general practice, intensive care, and neurologists.

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 *Clinical teams from the hospitals below will take part in the face-to-face module of this workshop. 

Workshop objectives:

  1. To learn the concepts of clinical research and clinical epidemiology
  2. To understand the importance and possibilities of doing research in clinical practice
  3. To learn about research protocols and the requirements to implement them in a health service
  4. To identify the elements of a clinical research protocol:
    • question
    • hypothesis
    • objective
    • theoretical model
    • methods
    • procedures
    • instruments
  1. To get familiar with the NeuroCOVID protocol and its elements
  2. To learn the basic principles of Good Clinical Practice