Priorities for emergency department syncope research

Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Dec;64(6):649-55.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.04.014. Epub 2014 Jun 2.


Study objectives: There is limited evidence to guide the emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of syncope. The First International Workshop on Syncope Risk Stratification in the Emergency Department identified key research questions and methodological standards essential to advancing the science of ED-based syncope research.

Methods: We recruited a multinational panel of syncope experts. A preconference survey identified research priorities, which were refined during and after the conference through an iterative review process.

Results: There were 31 participants from 7 countries who represented 10 clinical and methodological specialties. High-priority research recommendations were organized around a conceptual model of ED decisionmaking for syncope, and they address definition, cohort selection, risk stratification, and management.

Conclusion: We convened a multispecialty group of syncope experts to identify the most pressing knowledge gaps and defined a high-priority research agenda to improve the care of patients with syncope in the ED.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Humans
  • Syncope / complications
  • Syncope / diagnosis
  • Syncope / therapy*