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Getting our priorities right in emergency medicine
  1. Jonathan Benger
  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Prof Jonathan Benger, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1DD, UK; Jonathan.Benger{at}uwe.ac.uk

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Established in 2004, the James Lind Alliance (JLA) is an organisation that works with patients, carers and clinicians to establish priorities for future research in medicine.1 Although it is based in the UK, the priorities that are set by the JLA often have global relevance.

In their EMJ publication  Jason Smith and colleagues report on a partnership initiative, with the JLA, to establish the top 10 research priorities in emergency medicine.2 These were distilled, using well-established methodologies, from a longlist of 72 questions and a shortlist of 30. What is striking about the top 10 in this list (summarised in box 1) is the dominance of questions that relate not to the clinical …

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