Emergency Care theme

Emergency and critical care research focuses on immediately life-threatening conditions and emergency and urgent care.

Emergency care research focuses on improving patient outcomes in emergency and urgent care. It includes out-of-hospital settings as well as primary, community and out-of-hours care. The research theme is highly applied and patient-focused, and encompasses critical illness and injury, the complex health needs of an ageing population and emergency care in children.

As populations continue to grow and evolve, the way users interact with services changes; emergency and urgent care systems and workforce require redesign and redevelopment in response to changing demands on services.

Research focus

We aim to improve patient outcomes through research, innovative practice and system and workforce redesign in emergency care. This includes:

  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and emergency airway management
  • Acute pain management
  • Workforce, service delivery and organization in urgent care systems
  • Assessment of new technologies and techniques in emergency care, including diagnostics
  • The early management of life-threatening illness in children (eg, asthma, seizures)
  • Paediatric head injury
  • Improving the management of a major trauma
  • Pre-hospital assessment and management of patients with dementia
  • End-of-life care in the pre-hospital and emergency care context
  • The impact of drugs and alcohol, and reducing their harms
  • Reducing avoidable hospital admissions
  • Patient safety in emergency care.

Current funded projects