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A blueprint for critical care transport research.
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PMID:  23273307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION: An estimated 500,000 critical care patient transports occur annually in the United States. Little research exists to inform optimal practices, promote safety, or encourage responsible, cost-effective use of this resource. Previous efforts to develop a research agenda have not yielded significant progress in producing much-needed scientific study.
PURPOSE: Identify and characterize areas of research needed to direct the development of evidence-based guidelines
METHODS: The study used a modified Delphi technique to develop a concept map of the research domains in critical care transport. Proprietary, internet-based software was used for both data collection and analysis. The study was conducted in 3 phases: brainstorming, categorizing, and prioritizing, using experts from all aspects of critical care transport.
RESULTS: A total of 101 research questions were developed and ranked by 27 participants representing the transport community and stakeholders. An 8-cluster solution was developed with multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis to identify the following research areas: clinical care, education/training, finance, human factors, patient outcomes, safety, team configuration, and utilization. A plot characterized each domain by urgency and feasibility.
CONCLUSION: The content and concepts represented by the cluster map can help direct research planning in the critical care transport industry and prioritize funding decisions.
Cathy L Jaynes; Howard A Werman; Lynn J White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Air medical journal     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1532-6497     ISO Abbreviation:  Air Med. J.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9312325     Medline TA:  Air Med J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-5     Citation Subset:  H    
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Copyright © 2013 Air Medical Journal Associates. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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