Overview of Consulting Process & Services

RMU supports Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University Faculties of Medicine, Health Professions and Dentistry investigators who engage in clinical and health research. We also support trainees (i.e. Fellows, residents, post-docs, graduate students and medical students) with their supervised research projects. We suggest that you contact the RMU to assess how we can help you with your project.

Supports and Services offered by the RMU

We offer the following supports to investigators:

  • Biostatistical consulting (e.g., sample size, power calculations, data analysis planning, analysis)
  • Study design/Epidemiology/research methods (review of study design and protocol, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, research question)         
  • Database development and data management support  (e.g., database setup, data linkage, data management) (PDF Resource)
  • Health economics consulting (e.g., study design, analysis planning, analysis, economic health technology assessment)

When to contact the RMU

We encourage investigators to contact the RMU early in the study process (i.e. draft protocol stage). We have the expertise to assist you in most aspects of your study. If we do not have the expertise or capacity ourselves, we can connect you with investigators and resources.

If you are accessing RMU for a quote in the context of a grant application, please contact us at least 4 weeks in advance of the application deadline.

RMU Consultation Request Form

To help get the consultation process started, we require the submission of a consultation request form along with your most current (draft) research protocol and other relevant document(s).

Other relevant documents include some or all of the following:

  • most current draft of your data collection form(s)
  • most current draft of data dictionary
  • one or two exemplar papers for your methods or content field


If our consultants make a significant contribution to a project that warrants authorship, then we would expect that they are listed as co-author(s). The question of authorship is independent of payment for consulting services provided. For more information on RMU’s authorship guidelines, please click here.

Contact(s): Manager, RMU: Daniela Meier, 902-473-2949, rmu@nshealth.ca

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