Building consensus to enhance research: A study protocol to determine the top issues to improve outcomes of Silver Trauma

Abdullah Alshibani, Simon Conroy


Silver trauma research has several obstacles including complexity in determining research priorities and the lack of strong evidence to improve outcomes for injured older adults (especially evidence from the United Kingdom). Therefore, this study aims to identify, investigate, and prioritise the top research priorities to improve outcomes of injured older adults. The study will also highlight the current issues in trauma care for older people and contribute a collaborative and interdisciplinary work among experts who are interested in trauma care for older people.

Methods and analysis: This study uses a three-step modified Delphi technique. The process consists of a divergent phase to elicit a broad range of views, a convergent ranking process in the second round (ranking the issues identified in round I), and a consensus meeting in the third round (determining to the top three issues of those met the predetermined consensus threshold in round II). 

Ethics and dissemination: The ethical approval of this study is currently underway with the University of Leicester, UK. The findings of this study will be published and presented in relevant conferences. 

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