Table 1

Examples of studies funded and undertaken to address the 2017 top 10 emergency medicine research priorities1

Research priorityStudy titleFunding body and awardStatus of research project
Priority 1
What is the best way to reduce the harms of ED crowding and exit block?
Refining the National Emergency Department Overcrowding Scale (NEDOCS) as an automated real-time ED crowding tool6 RCEM research grant
Project complete
Priority 4
With regard to how ED staff development is managed, what initiatives can improve staff engagement, resilience, retention, satisfaction, individuality and responsibility?
Trainee-led evaluation of the need for Inter-Shift Recovery among Emergency Department doctors in the United Kingdom (TIRED) study7–9 RCEM via Trainee Emergency Research Network fundingProject complete
Priority 6
The effects of implementing new techniques in assessing patients with chest pain in practice. Would patients like a say in what is an acceptable risk, and should these tools be used alongside shared decision-making to provide safe and appropriate care, minimise unnecessary risk and inconvenience for patients?
Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (T-MACS) Choice Pilot Feasibility Trial10 RCEM research grant
In progress,
April 2020 to present
Priority 8
Do early undifferentiated (broad spectrum) antibiotics in suspected severe sepsis have a greater benefit and cause less harm to patients than delayed focused antibiotics in the ED?
PROcalcitonin and NEWS evaluation for Timely identification of sepsis and Optimal use of antibiotics in the Emergency Department (PRONTO)11 NIHR HTA programme
£2 360 235
In progress,
December 2019 to June 2024
Priority 9
In adults who are fully alert (GCS 15) following trauma, does cervical spine immobilisation (when compared with no cervical spine immobilisation) reduce the incidence of neurological deficit, and what is the incidence of complications?
Spinal Immobilisation Study (SIS)12 NIHR HTA programme
£3 497 768
In progress,
May 2022 to October 2025
Priority 10
Which trauma patients should be transferred to a major trauma centre rather than going to another hospital first?
A national prehospital major trauma tool/process—the Major Trauma Triage Tool Study (MATTS)13–15 NIHR HTA programme
£1 211 034
In progress,
October 2018 to June 2023
  • HTA, Health Technology Assessment; NIHR, National Institute for Health and Care Research; RCEM, Royal College of Emergency Medicine.