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Critical Care Nutrition at the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit (CERU)

is dedicated to improving nutrition therapies in the critically ill through knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation. We engage in a broad range of research activities and promote a culture of best practices in critical care nutrition. Ultimately, this will result in improved clinical outcomes for critically ill patients and increased efficiencies to our health care systems.

The study procedures found below is a ‘cookbook’ that will take you step-by-step through the activities that need to be completed by your ICU research team for The EFFORT Trial. Also, included are resources like document templates and tools that the sites may adapt for local use. Organization of Study Resources



Use the links below to begin working through the study recourses, step-by-step through the activities that need to be completed by your ICU team to obtain local ethics and other approvals and begin enrolling patients. We understand that not all sites participating will have research nurses or experienced research colleagues participating, so we have tried to break this down into small steps to move forward. We have also included numerous study tools and templates that will be helpful to you and you can modify as you see fit.

Click on the "+" in each of the sections below to get more information and to download study documents.

Getting Started

This section contains central study and regional contact information, and outlines the authorship policy.

Register your ICU

This section contains information for the ICU to determine its suitability to join the trial and to prepare ethics applications.

Prepare & Promote

This section contains information to help the research staff orient ICU clinical staff to the study. As well, resources to prepare tracking logs and tools for study implementation.

Recruit Participants

This section provides information regarding how to screen patients for eligibility, obtaining consent (if applicable) and enrolling patients into the study. Also, there is some useful information about how to achieve nutrition goals with different enteral and parenteral nutrition products.

Data Collection & Entry

This section provides detailed information regarding the data to be collected for each patient enrolled in the study. In addition, there is instruction on how to use the electronic system 'REDCap.'


This section provides information regarding the Benchmark reports.

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