The importance of developing global emergency medicine research network

Am J Emerg Med. 2019 Apr;37(4):744-745. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2018.11.032. Epub 2018 Nov 23.


Despite the fact that emergency care can impact health of populations, the global epidemiology of emergencies in children and adults is unknown and substantial variation exists in emergency infrastructure among different nations, especially among the low and middle income countries. Various research networks which are etiology specific or subspecialty specific, including emergency care based networks have positively impacted the health of populations. However, emergency departments (ED) in low and middle income counties are underrepresented in most international networks. Creation of a global ED based research network will help generate generalizable evidence that can then be translated into locally relevant evidence-based guidelines, nurture future researchers in emergency medicine, standardize training/education and improve patient outcomes by reducing variation in clinical care.

Keywords: Acute care setting; Emergency care; Epidemiology; Global network; Global research.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Emergency Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medicine / standards
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Organizational Objectives