Emergency Care Research Priorities in South Africa

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

emergency care

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - South Africa

Why was it conducted at all?

Emergency care research is rarely undertaken in low- and middle-income countries. A manageable ‘road map' for research in South African (SA) emergency care is needed to address research gaps.

What was the objective?

to identify, collate and prioritize research topics from identified knowledge gaps in emergency care in South Africa

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 40 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2012 - April 2013

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to suggest important research topics in five categories of emergency care. Step 2: data processing: 350 suggested research topics collated into 123 research topics. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate priority of each topic. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate non-consensus topics. Step 5: Delphi round 4: consensus topics regrouped into 3 new categories, participants were asked to rank topics in each category in order of importance. Step 5: participants were asked to choose one or more study design options

Which stakeholders took part?

Doctors, nurses, prehospital care providers, policymakers. Delphi round 1: 31 participants. Delphi round 2: 31 participants. Delphi round 3: 25 participants. Delphi round 4: 21 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Seventy-six individuals were invited to represent the expert panel. They included doctors, nurses, prehospital care providers, and policy makers from all the provinces in SA.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.