Management of the injured patient: Identification of research topics for systematic review using the delphi technique

Avery B. Nathens, Frederick P. Rivara, Gregory Jurkovich, Ronald V. Maier, Jennifer M. Johansen, Diane C. Thompson

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Background Systematic reviews of controlled clinical trials in the form of meta-analyses can serve as an important guide to direct clinical practice. This study identifies the most important research questions pertaining to the acute care of the injured patient using a Web-based Delphi technique to achieve consensus of expert opinion. Methods Experts in trauma care from the United States and Canada (n = 68) were asked to generate structured research questions and were then required to rank these questions in order of importance and estimate the amount of research currently published. Results The questions ranking in the highest tertile are presented along with an estimate of their importance and the amount of research published using an ordinal scale. Only 9 of 16 (56%) questions had some or a substantial amount of research available on which to perform a systematic review. Conclusion This study identifies the areas of trauma care in which research efforts might best be directed. In the absence of sufficient data for systematic reviews, these research topics represent important areas for the design and implementation of clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-601
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Trauma
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Delphi survey
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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