Aspects of research specific to acute care

Jarrod M. Mosier, Peter Rosen

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This chapter reflects on research as an academic responsibility for acute care and Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians, and gives some clues on how to make it less painful and intimidating for the inspired academic physician. Clinical and translational science is concerned with the improved quality of the practice of medicine based on evidence, and the acquisition of that evidence is of critical importance. There are many challenges to carrying out research in acute care settings, whether it is prehospital research, the emergency department (ED), or the intensive care unit (ICU). The initial responsibility is to define a question that needs examination. The next step is to consider how to acquire the evidence. Case-control studies are appealing, as they solve a lot of ethical and work problems, but the evidence produced is much less compelling because causation cannot be proven. Rather, only an association can be inferred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDoing Research in Emergency and Acute Care
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Order Out of Chaos
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781118643440
ISBN (Print)9781118643488
StatePublished - Oct 6 2015


  • Academic physician
  • Acute care
  • Acute care research
  • Case-control studies
  • Emergency department
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • ICU
  • Prehospital research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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