Critical Care Research Agenda
The CCSC appointed an expert panel to develop a research agenda for critical care.
The first activity of this CCSC Task Force was to define a broad, comprehensive agenda for critical care research. This was to be based on input from a broad range of stakeholders, including USCITT (Critical Illness and Injury Trials group, see below), and was to serve as a blueprint for future critical care investigation. It also was to serve as a template to frame funding initiatives by foundations, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other interested groups. This paper was published in CCSC journals January 2012.
Phase 2 of this activity focuses on validation, dissemination and implementation of the recommendations.
The ongoing charge to the Task Force is three-fold.
First, the Task Force is to recommend strategies for
• identification of appropriate stake holders, including individuals and organizations
• dissemination of the proposed agenda to these stake holders
• validation of the proposed agenda by the identified stake holders
Second, the Task Force is to devise approaches to
• governmental and non-governmental organizations that determine research priorities so as to appraise them of the importance of critical care.
• funding agencies and private research entities to increase funding opportunities for critical care research
Third, the Task Force is to
• consider and recommend methods to increase the work force in critical care research
United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group: The USCIIT Group was established to promote clinical research and the application of new data to improve outcomes for critical ill or injured patients of all ages and stages of care (pre-hospital to recovery). The USCIIT Group formed a nationwide network of experts to review published data, establish national priorities, vet hypotheses, write clinical protocols, and generate pilot data. The first call for clinical proposals was in 2008.
The USCIIT Group aims to provide a venue for discussing education and training in the science of clinical trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting for critically ill or injured patients, and to insure patient protection and privacy by addressing the ethical, legal and social implications of research in the specialized circumstance of critical illness or injury.
The USCIIT Group is represented in all phases of this CCSC project.