Research agenda

An agenda of prioritised research questions has been assembled by the Ebola community. Significant input from health, research  and patient communities in affected countries has informed the development of the agenda.

Credit: © Dominic Chavez/World Bank
Credit: © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

We want to hear from you, the research, health and humanitarian communities, about what the priority research questions are. Please download our 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


Submitted by Neill on 15th August 2018 - 16:36

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.


Submitted by Rob Fowler on 15th August 2018 - 16:37

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.

Submitted by Alex on 9th November 2018 - 11:56

The agenda should include critical questions on data, information and knowledge such as: how to collect meta-data, how to integrate data, and the impact of missing data is on analysis.

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