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Clinical research priorities in emergency medicine. Results of a consensus meeting and development of a weighting method for assessment of clinical research policies
Emergency Medicine Australasia
  • Ogilvie Thom, Nambour General Hospital
  • Gerben Keijzers, Bond University
  • Suzanne Davies, DREAM Collaboration
  • David Taylor, University of Melbourne
  • Jonathan Knott, University of Melbourne
  • Paul Middleton, DREAM Collaboration
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1-1-2014
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Thom, O., Keijzers, G., Davies, S., Taylor, D., & Knott, J., & Middleton, P.M. (2014). Clinical research priorities in emergency medicine. Results of a consensus meeting and development of a weighting method for assessment of clinical research policies. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 26(1), 69-71.

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Abstract

Introduction: There is limited evidence regarding clinical research priorities in emergency medicine outside of some special interest groups. The ACEM Clinical Trials Group undertook a consensus meeting with the aim of developing a reproducible weighting matrix for assessing clinical research priorities. Methods: A session at the ACEM annual scientific meeting was dedicated to this meeting. Results from a survey of the ACEM researcher database were presented, along with a proposed weighting matrix. After discussion and adjustment, consensus was achieved on the matrix. Results: It was agreed that the following criteria be used in the matrix: research category and sub-category priority ranking from the ACEM researcher database survey, frequency of presentation of potentially eligible participants, the level of pre-existing evidence regarding the proposed research question and the likely clinical impact of the research. Each criterion was given a weighting, with clinical impact given the heaviest weighting. The weighting matrix was subsequently applied to the list of research questions that resulted from the researcher database survey and a list of research priorities determined. Conclusion: The weighting matrix allows reproducible comparison of research questions. The resultant list of research priorities will act as a guide for the ACEM Clinical Trials Group in determining future projects.

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Ogilvie Thom, Gerben Keijzers, Suzanne Davies, David Taylor, et al.. "Clinical research priorities in emergency medicine. Results of a consensus meeting and development of a weighting method for assessment of clinical research policies" Emergency Medicine Australasia (2014) ISSN: 1742-6731
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