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Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Oct;16(10):1005-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00524.x.

Facilitating emergency care research networks: integration into the Clinical Translational and Science Award (CTSA) infrastructure.

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  • 1University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Emergency care research (ECR) does not fit neatly into the traditional National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding model, because emergency research involves undifferentiated disease presentations involving multiple disciplines and time-sensitive interventions. A task force of emergency care researchers and other stakeholders was convened to discuss the present and future state of clinical research networks. Integration of ECR with the Clinical Translational and Science Award (CTSA) program through a multidisciplinary emergency care research network (ECRN) would obviate the duplication of research efforts by disease-specific or institute-specific multicenter networks and reduce startup and maintenance costs. Strategies to enhance integration must include the training of emergency physician investigators in biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, as well as educating collaborative investigators in emergency care-related methodologies. Thus, an ECRN would be of great benefit to CTSA awardees and applicants and should be considered a priority.

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