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What are the highest priorities for research in emergency prehospital care?
  1. Helen Snooks1,
  2. Angela Evans1,
  3. Bridget Wells1,
  4. Julie Peconi1,
  5. Marie Thomas1,
  6. Malcolm Woollard2,
  7. Henry Guly3,
  8. Emma Jenkinson4,
  9. Janette Turner5,
  10. Chris Hartley-Sharpe6,
  11. on behalf of the 999 EMS Research Forum Board
  1. 1
    Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation, Institute of Life Science, School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
  2. 2
    Coventry University, Coventry, UK
  3. 3
    Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  4. 4
    City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  5. 5
    Medical Care Research Unit, Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK
  6. 6
    London Ambulance Service, London, UK
  1. Professor H A Snooks, Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation, Institute of Life Science, School of Medicine, University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK; h.a.snooks{at}

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The recent UK Department of Health publication “Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming NHS Ambulance Services1 recommended that the Department of Health should commission a programme of work to build the evidence base for the delivery of emergency and unscheduled prehospital care. As a starting point, the Department of Health commissioned the 999 EMS Research Forum to review the evidence base for the delivery of emergency prehospital care; to identify gaps in the evidence base; and to prioritise topics for future research.

The 999 EMS Research Forum is a partnership of academics, clinicians and prehospital care practitioners and managers formed in 1999, whose aim is to encourage, promote and disseminate research and evidence-based policy and practice in 999 health care.

Prioritisation of research topics is a key part of the process of commissioning of research, although methods may differ.2 3 The desirability of including a wide range of stakeholders in a structured approach has been stressed, in order to achieve a credible result that may be more likely to produce research that informs policy and practice.46 This emergency prehospital care research prioritisation exercise included …

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  • Funding: This project was supported through a grant from the Department of Health. The interpretation of results presented represents the views of the authors and not necessarily the Department of Health.

  • Competing interests: None.

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