Ebola research agenda

Help design a collaborative research agenda to inform and inspire analyses using data from the Ebola data sharing platform. You can contribute your ideas on research priorities which address knowledge gaps with new evidence to improve patient care and outbreak response.

 

Construction of the Ebola data sharing platform is currently under way with available clinical and laboratory data, and will later include epidemiological data.  

We want to hear from you, the research, health and humanitarian communities, about what the priority research questions are. Please download our Ebola Data Sharing Platform: Draft Research Agenda for Public Consultation and contribute to the development of a research agenda which maximises the impact of available data.

You can provide feedback on the Draft Research Agenda for Public Consultation either by leaving a comment in the comment box below or by contacting IDDO via email at ebola [at] iddo [dot] org.

Comments

It may be of interest to see how well the qSOFA score (see box 4 in JAMA 2016;315(8):801-810) and SIRS criteria, measured on ETU admission, discriminate between survivors and decedents in this dataset.

Thanks.
neill.adhikari@sunnybrook.ca

You have constructed a terrific broad compilation of important questions to answer.
While veering slightly from the very clinical, issues of optimal infection prevention and control might also be considered; for example, the antiviral effect of various potentially virucidal agents (chlorine concentration, alcohol based gels, soap and water) commonly used, and their optimal application (as hand wash only, spray as is commonly used in field ebola units, etc.); evaluation of personal protective equipment alternatives that facilitate patient care while protecting at risk locations of the body (mucus membranes, maintaining dexterity to avoid sharps injuries). Other areas for research might include the facilitators and barriers to advanced supportive care (climate control, available resources, medical literacy and acceptability to patients, families and health workers).
Keep up the great work.
Rob Fowler

It would be important to evaluate the quality of medical record keeping during the outbreak, and what influences this. This would help make recommendations for improving the quality of patient data collected during future epidemics.

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