The European research agenda on Geriatric Emergency Medicine will be compiled in 3 phases:
- Phase 1 is divergent: as many potential research questions will be collected through an online questionnaire throughout Europe.
- Phase 2 is quality control. Questions will be categorized and checked for quality and duplications. After that, questions will be deselected if they have already been answered in a publication.
- Phase 3 is prioritizing: the questions derived from phase 1 are set out in a survey throughout Europe to prioritize.
Phase 1 and 2 have now closed, phase 3 is open: go here!
The question asked for the agenda was:
“Emergency Medicine is a primary specialty established using the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of urgent and emergency aspects of illness and injury, affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders. This includes organizing the proper medical response for patients looking for urgent medical care. Time and timing in this setting may be critical either from a medical or from the patient’s point of view. The practice of Emergency Medicine encompasses the in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital triage, resuscitation, initial assessment, telemedicine and the management of undifferentiated urgent and emergency patients until discharge or transfer to the care of another health care professional.”
When thinking of your practice in Geriatric Emergency Medicine, what research questions deserve investigating?