Table 1

The merits of A&E research

Positive featuresDifficulties
Large numbers of patientsStudying non-emergency illness
Wide range of clinical conditionsPerforming laboratory research
Early access to acute illnessObtaining research grants
Potential for epidemiological studiesFinding a project supervisor
Lack of credibility of A&E research
Continuing studies “out of hours”
Defining entry criteria in prospective studies