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The Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) was established in 2018 by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) to increase research engagement within emergency medicine (EM). The first studies were selected at early TERN meetings and involved over a hundred EDs across the UK and Ireland.
It is important for research engagement that trainees are interested in projects they work on. Moreover, research priorities important to clinicians reflect their daily working practice, and differ between junior and senior medical staff.1 We therefore conducted a trainee-specific research prioritisation exercise.
A two-stage modified Delphi process was used. In stage 1, all UK and Ireland EM trainees were eligible to submit up to six research priorities using a three-part research question (patient characteristic, intervention proposed, outcome) or ‘PICO’ (population, intervention, control, outcome) format where applicable. The survey was open for 4 weeks in November 2020 using an online platform (Google Forms). It was publicised at the Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association meeting, with accompanying posts on social media platforms and popular EM educational websites.
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Collaborators Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN): Andrew Brookes. Michael Connelly, Laura Cottey, M H Elwan, Fiqry Fadhlillah, Laura Gwatkin, Charlotte Lindsay, Salman Naeem, Shah M Rahman, Charles Reynard, Lisa Sabir, Nicholas Tilbury, Etimbuk Umana, James David van Oppen, Catherine Ward, Celestine Weegenaar.
Contributors RH was lead for the Delphi project and drafted the manuscript. EC and MJR helped with research priority shortlisting and editing of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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