Pre-Course: Falck Foundation Prehospital Research Workshop

Saturday 27 September: 08:30 - 16:30

Course Director

  • Rune Andersen, Denmark


  • Maaret Castrén, Sweden
  • Jana Séblova, Czech Republic
  • Joost Bierens, Netherlands
  • V. Anantharaman, Singapore
  • Olivier Hoogmartens, Belgium 

Individual assignement before seminar

  • 1. Create a new prehospital research proposal, or use your current prehospital research proposal
  • 2. During the workshop there will be time available to prepare and/or discuss your prehospital research proposal in group
  • 3. Each attendee will be asked to actively participate in the group discussions

Course description

After 5 introductory presentations by experts with experiences in prehospital research, the participants of the workshop will be separated in distinct groups. Participants introduce their own current version of a research proposal by which is then discussed with the researchers, group and in the plenary session. The goal of the interactive workshop is to learn the most important elements that contribute to good quality and successful prehospital research. The goal is not that the research proposals will be executed, although further initiatives to do so will be applauded.

Learning objectives

Research in the prehospital domain of emergency medicine in scarce. It is well-known that such research is difficult to prepare, execute and publish in high impact journals. It is not uncommon that a young and dedicated researcher has the intention to start an interesting study and discover the hard way that the study cannot be completed successfully. At the same time, such prehospital research is needed to further improve the quality and effectively of current pre-hospital treatments. The pre-conference workshop on prehospital research aims at gathering around the table practitioners seeking to improve their scientific research skills and in this way are able to contribute to improved pre-hospital emergency health care. The learning outcomes when participating in this workshop is: to create a sound prehospital research proposal;

Schedule (tentative)

08.30 Welcome and introduction on the prehospital research workshop
08.45 Prehospital Study Designs and Methodology
09.15 Rookie Mistakes and Pitfalls in prehospital Research
09.45 Coffee break
10.00 Ethics in pre-hospital research
10.30 Why is Prehospital Research so Difficult?
11:00 Prehospital Research Proposal
11.30 Instructions
11.45 Prehospital Research Proposal
12.30 Lunch break
13.15 Prehospital Research Proposal (cnt.)
15.30 Brief presentation of research proposals
16:00 Wrap up and evaluation