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Template for uniform reporting of emergency department measures, consensus according to the Utstein method

Hruska, Katrina; Castrén, Maaretb,,d; Banerjee, Jaye; Behringer, Wilhelmf; Bjørnsen, Lars P.g,,h,,i; Cameron, Peterj; Einav, Sharonl; Holroyd, Brian R.m,,n; Jones, Petero,,p; Lassen, Annmarieq; Truesdale, Melindak; Kurland, Lisab,,c

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: December 2019 - Volume 26 - Issue 6 - p 417–422
doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000582
Original Articles

Objective To develop a template for uniform reporting of standardized measuring and describing of care provided in the emergency department (ED).

Methods An international group of experts in emergency medicine, with broad experience from different clinical settings, met in Utstein, Norway. Through a consensus process, a limited number of measures that would accurately describe an ED were chosen and a template was developed.

Results The final measures to be reported and their definitions were grouped into six categories: Structure, Staffing and governance, Population, Process times, Hospital and healthcare system and Outcomes. The template for Utstein-style uniform reporting is presented.

Conclusion The suggested template is intended for use in studies carried out in EDs to improve comparability and knowledge translation.

aEmergency Department, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge

bDepartment of Clinical Research and Education, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

cDepartment of Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden

dDepartment of Emergency Medicine and Services, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland

eUniversity Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK

fCenter of Emergency Medicine Jena University, Faculty of Medicine, Jena, Germany

gDepartment of Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Services, St Olav’s Hospital HF, Trondheim University Hospital

hDepartment of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

iDepartment of Emergency Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

jEmergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital, Monash University, Victoria

kThe Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Women’s Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

lShaare Zedek Medical Centre and Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel

mEmergency Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services

nDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

oDepartment of Surgery, Universtiy of Auckland

pDepartment of Emergency Medicine Research, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

qDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Received 8 April 2018 Accepted 20 September 2018

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Correspondence to Katrin Hruska, MD, Funktion Akut, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, Huddinge 141 86, Sweden Tel: +46 708 3994; e-mail:

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