Priorities for Research in Trauma

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Delphi process to establish research priorities for UK acute trauma patients

Aim/Scope of project

  • Establish research priorities in the management of the UK trauma population by canvassing the views of relevant stakeholders (surgeons, intensivists, ED physicians, dietitians, nurses, OT, physio, SLT etc).
  • Which questions have the greatest potential to influence patient care in the management of UK trauma patients.
  • This may assist future investigators and funding bodies to focus on projects that will address the clinical issues of greatest importance.
  • Representation from stakeholder subspecialties on steering committee
  • Engage with relevant subspecialty organisations (e.g. ASGBI, AAGBI, BDA etc)
  • Final list of research priorities agreed by Delphi/consensus published in peer reviewed journal and disseminated amongst the UK trauma network.

Planning phase

  1. Form steering committee
  2. Establish contact with regional major trauma network leads
  3. Enlist regional/centre leads
  4. Design an online tool to collate trauma related research questions
  5. Ensure involvement of patient groups

Phase I

  • Invite stakeholders to submit trauma related research questions
  • Utilise social media to disseminate awareness of the survey amongst trauma stakeholders
  • Open the survey for submissions – keep open for a 6 week data collection period


  1. Questions reviewed for relevance with agreement by consensus to delete / amend / put forward for consideration to round 2
  2. If appropriate, questions proposed should be subcategorised in to relevant subspecialty interest e.g. orthoplastics / dietetic / neurosurgery
  3. Steering / subspecialty committees to meet via Skype to review point 1 above

Phase II

  • All agreed questions included on a second survey, reopened to trauma stakeholders
  • Same dissemination and utilisation of social media as per phase I
  • Respondents rank questions from 1 (lowest research priority) to 5 (highest priority)

Phase II responses are analysed. Steering committee / subspecialty committee reconvenes. A cut off mark is decided. Questions scored above the cut off point are forwarded to phase III, those below the cut-off are removed.

Phase III

  • Final survey of trauma stakeholders undertaken
  • Dissemination by social media
  • Questions ranked from 1 (lowest priority) to 5 (highest priority) 

Steering /subspecialty committee reconvenes. A final cut off point is agreed and questions above the cut off point are the agreed cohort of research priority questions.

Writing phase

A writing committee is tasked with the preparation of a manuscript for submission to a relevant journal for peer review. Presentation of findings at appropriate conferences as determined by the steering committee.

Manuscript(s) submitted utilising the NaTRiC name with relevant stakeholders given collaborative authorship status (writing / steering / subspecialty committee / regional leads).

More information

For more information about this project, please contact Michael Wilson:


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