A Consensus-Driven Agenda for Emergency Medicine Firearm Injury Prevention Research

Megan L. Ranney, Jonathan Fletcher, Harrison Alter, Christopher Barsotti, Vikhyat S. Bebarta, Marian E. Betz, Patrick M. Carter, Magdalena Cerdá, Rebecca M. Cunningham, Peter Crane, Jahan Fahimi, Matthew J. Miller, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Jody A. Vogel, Garen J. Wintemute, Muhammad Waseem, Manish N. Shah, Harrison Alter, Christopher E. Barsotti, Marian (Emmy) BetzJesse Borke, Edwin D. Boudreaux, Kathleen Brown, Patrick M. Carter, Magdalena Cerdá, Bianca Frisby, Peter W. Crane, Rebecca Cunningham, Jahan Fahimi, Eric W. Fleegler, Jonathan Fletcher, Brian Geyer, Stephen Y. Liang, Matthew J. Miller, Robert E. O'Connor, Andrew Papachristos, Megan L. Ranney, Fred Rivara, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Manish N. Shah, Jeffrey G. Swanson, Jody A. Vogel, Muhammad Waseem, Garen Wintemute

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Study objective To identify critical emergency medicine–focused firearm injury research questions and develop an evidence-based research agenda. Methods National content experts were recruited to a technical advisory group for the American College of Emergency Physicians Research Committee. Nominal group technique was used to identify research questions by consensus. The technical advisory group decided to focus on 5 widely accepted categorizations of firearm injury. Subgroups conducted literature reviews on each topic and developed preliminary lists of emergency medicine–relevant research questions. In-person meetings and conference calls were held to iteratively refine the extensive list of research questions, following nominal group technique guidelines. Feedback from external stakeholders was reviewed and integrated. Results Fifty-nine final emergency medicine–relevant research questions were identified, including questions that cut across all firearm injury topics and questions specific to self-directed violence (suicide and attempted suicide), intimate partner violence, peer (nonpartner) violence, mass violence, and unintentional (“accidental”) injury. Some questions could be addressed through research conducted in emergency departments; others would require work in other settings. Conclusion The technical advisory group identified key emergency medicine–relevant firearm injury research questions. Emergency medicine–specific data are limited for most of these questions. Funders and researchers should consider increasing their attention to firearm injury prevention and control, particularly to the questions identified here and in other recently developed research agendas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-240
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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