Four Fields of Enquiry at SALHN

The Four Fields of Enquiry (FFOE) will drive a culture of questioning and capability building in research and continuous improvement at SALHN.

Discovery Science

hospital staff in mask undertaking researchGoal: To allow improved understanding of the scientific basis of disease and approaches to therapy.

Description: Discovery science makes strong contributions to the research culture and sense of enquiry that underpin associations of research with improved health care performance. It uses an incremental approach where observations and hypotheses are tested with the aim of improved biomedical understanding as the basis to improved health care.

Clinical Trials

image of staff doing clinical trials in hospitalGoal: To develop evidence-based treatments.

Description: Encompasses a series of clinical trial designs in which standard care is compared with an alternative treatment. This is an essential step in building evidence-based care. The outcomes for the standard care group are usually superior to non-trial outcomes, with safety of the intervention based on prior research and data safety monitoring process.

Health Services Research

staff sitting around a table in masksGoal: To use clinical and demographic data to improve delivery and safety of health care, and to reduce inequities.

Description: Uses a predominantly observational approach with clinical and demographic data to analyse large cohorts during routine care. This facilitates understanding and exploration of hypotheses in action that can then assist delivery of improved and safer care and the identification of situations where care delivery is uneven.

Continuous Improvement / Implementation Science

See: Continuous Improvement / Implementation Science

image of staff in masks at desksGoal: Achieve optimal delivery of health care.

Description: Involves the implementation of a structured approach and the expertise of frontline people to identify areas for optimisation, intervention and implementation. This includes the delivery of evidence-based healthcare interventions often derived from research and enquiry.

This will result in:

  • more effective and efficient care for our patients
  • improved teamwork, and staff wellbeing through better engagement with our colleagues, teams and the wider organisation
  • strengthened connections with our key partners

Every person in SALHN knows where they are and where they want to be in the Four Fields of Enquiry, strengthening research culture and improving care.

We will:

  • work together with the Divisions to identify strengths and opportunities within the Four Fields of Enquiry
  • benchmark our current capability and capacity across the Four Fields of Enquiry
  • support all staff to improve, to question, to innovate across the Four Fields of Enquiry