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The emergency medicine research priority setting partnership
  1. Jason E Smith1,2,
  2. Richard Morley3
  1. 1Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Research & Academia), Medical Directorate, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3James Lind Alliance, National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jason E Smith, Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK; jasonesmith{at}nhs.net

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Emergency medicine is such a broad specialty, and the research underway and planned in emergency medicine such a vast undertaking, that we need to focus on the most important research questions to answer the most pressing clinical dilemmas. Funding for research is limited, and competition for money is fierce. It therefore is imperative that as a specialty we define the most important questions, to find the answers, to improve the clinical care our patients receive. The people who should be involved in defining these questions must include the clinicians working in our emergency departments, and our patients and their carers.

Over the coming months, a research priority setting process will take place, to establish what the most important research questions are to clinicians working in the specialty of emergency medicine, and also to the patients we serve. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, in partnership with the James …

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