Collaboration in Emergency Medicine Research: A Consensus Statement

Authors


Division of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8072, St. Louis, MO 63110. Fax: 314–362–2495; e-mail: llewis@imgate.wustl.edu

ABSTRACT

The role of collaboration in medical research and how it applies to emergency medicine (EM) research are discussed. The guidance of the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine is reviewed. Application of the principles of collaborative efforts and recognition of each individual's contribution are overviewed. Emergency physicians can and should be invaluable contributors to collaborative research. Collaborative research relationships, whether established at individual institutions or through national clinical trials, must be developed deliberately. The specialty of EM must make the necessary commitment of time and resources to ensure that these occur.

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