Establishing the Research Priorities of Paediatric Emergency Medicine Clinicians in the UK and Ireland

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

pediatric emergency medicine

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Ireland; Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland (PERUKI) is a collaborative clinical studies group established in August 2012. It consists of a network of 43 centres from England, Ireland, northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and aims to improve the emergency care of children through the performance of robust collaborative multicentre research within emergency departments.

What was the objective?

to establish the research agenda for pediatric emergency medicine in the UK and Ireland

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 20 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey to identify important research questions, participants were asked: Thinking about your clinical practice in the field of paediatric emergency medicine, what are the most important research questions which need addressing?, total of 249 research questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: refining research questions, check against literature, resulting in 206 unique research questions from 22 areas, further refinement, 88 research questions deemed eligible to be carried forward, questions reworded, resulting in final shortlist of 60 research questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each question

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of paediatric emergency research in the UK and Ireland (PERUKI): clinical specialists, academics, trainees and research nurses. Delphi round 1: 46 participants. Delphi round 2: 58 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The survey link was sent via email to all PERUKI members.

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.