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Knowledge Agenda Emergency Care for the Elderly

The Knowledge Agenda Emergency Care for the Elderly is one of the projects mentioned in the action plan 2019. For composing this knowledge ageda the following three phases will be passed: 

  1. Phase 1: Through an online survey on as many potential research questions as possible will be collected. 
  2. Phase 2: All submissions from phase 1 will be categorized and checked for quality, relevance, and duplications.
  3. Phase 3: All remaining questions following the selection procedure in phase 2 will be prioritized. A second online survey will be published on the NOCSO website directed to the participants of phase 1 asking them to prioritize those remaining questions. 

In order to participate in this first phase, please answer the next question by filling in the form below: 

When reflecting on your role within the emergency care for older people, which question do you consider as important and should be answered by conducting research? 


  • Emergency Medicine is a primary specialty established using the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of urgent and emergency aspects of illness and injury, affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders. This includes organizing the proper medical response for patients looking for urgent medical care, in which time and timing may be critical either from a medical or the patient’s point of view. The practice of Emergency Medicine encompasses the in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital triage, resuscitation, initial assessment, and the management of emergency care by several medical care providers: GP, ambulance service, and the Emergency Department. 
  • By “older patients” we mean patients who suffer from health problems that are common at older age, without defining strict age limits.  Those typical problems concern multimorbidity and polypharmacy, often in combination with geriatric problems – such as falling and confusion – or presentation with aspecific complaints. 


Please try to formulate your research question as specific as possible and avoid only mentioning the topic of interest. Take into account the following aspects when formulating your research question:

  • de treatment, finding, experience or opinion
  • the outcome
  • the patient population or problem

With those aspects, the following question can be formulated:

What is the influence of treatment X on outcome Y in patient Z?

For example:

– What is the effect of asprine (X) on headache (Y) in older people suffering from headaches(Z)?

– What are the informal caregivers’ opinions (X) regarding the quality of care (Y) for ill children (Z)? 


Before you submit your research question(s), we would like to ask you to fill out the following personal details: e-mail address, age, gender, and your role/profession within the emergency care chain. Those personal details will not be passed on to third parties and your e-mail address will not be used for other purposes than this research project. 

Form survey 1
What is your gender? *
What is your position within the emergency care chain? *