Consensus research priorities for paediatric status epilepticus: a Delphi study of health consumers, researchers and clinicians

Furyk, Jeremy, Ray, Robin, Watt, Kerrianne, Dalziel, Stuart R., Oakely, Ed, Mackay, Mark, Dabscheck, Gabriel, Riney, Kate, and Babl, Franz (2018) Consensus research priorities for paediatric status epilepticus: a Delphi study of health consumers, researchers and clinicians. Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, 56. pp. 104-109.

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Purpose: Status epilepticus (SE) is a paediatric emergency with significant morbidity and mortality. Recommendations beyond first line care are not based on high quality evidence. Emergency physicians and neurologists are key stakeholders in managing this condition. A collaborative, widely consulted approach to identifying priorities can help direct limited research funds appropriately. The objectives of this study are to identify consensus research priorities in paediatric SE among experts and health consumers.

Method: A three-stage Delphi process was conducted. Paediatric Neurologists and Emergency Physicians in Australia and New Zealand participated. Round one asked participants to generate three research questions important for further research in paediatric status epilepticus. Responses were refined into unique individual questions. Rounds two and three required participants to rate questions on a seven point ordinal scale. Health consumers were invited to participate by providing up to three problem areas that could be addressed by research.

Results: 54 experts and 76 health consumers participated in the process. Nine questions reached our definition of consensus “high priority”, 21 questions achieved consensus “low priority” and seven questions did not achieve consensus. High priority areas included second line management including levetiracetam (efficacy, dose and timing), use of third line agents, induction of anaesthesia (timing and best agent), management of focal SE, and indicators of “subtle SE”. Consumer priority areas included themes of treatment efficacy, aetiology, and community education.

Conclusion: We identified nine priority research questions in paediatric SE, congruent with the health consumer theme of treatment efficacy. Future research efforts should be directed towards these priority areas.

Item ID: 52507
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1059-1311
Keywords: status epilepticus, consensus, paediatric, seizures, Delphi
Funders: PREDICT network, Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRCNZ), Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), Royal Children's Hospital Foundation
Projects and Grants: QEMRF capacity building grant (CAPB) 2010-007, NHMRC grant ID1058560, NRCNZ HRC13/556, NHMRC practitioner fellowship, MCRI clinician scientist fellowship
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 04:19
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3213 Paediatrics > 321302 Infant and child health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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