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Emergency Medicine Practice Research Network (EMPRN)

EMPRN is the first emergency care practice-based research network developed by emergency physicians for emergency physicians. Survey questions are posed to 600 physician members and can come from researchers, clinicians, ACEP committees, federal agencies, foundations, and industry. The EMPRN surveys currently have approximately a 15% response rate.  Our participants mirror national network ratios; ensuring demographics are specialty-specific with a diversity of practice and culture.

Survey responses serve to improve patient care by developing new clinical science and systems strategies as well as advocating for our patients and emergency medicine practice. Since its launch, ACEP has conducted a variety of surveys. Some topics include:

  • National Drug Shortages
  • Psychiatric Patient Practices
  • Elderly Patients and Falls
  • Locums Physicians
  • Security in the Emergency Department
  • Procedural Sedation
  • Health Policy Research Agenda Topics
  • Asymptomatic Hypertension Management

Structure

EMPRN accepts many types of survey partners. Once a partner or researcher confirms they want to participate in a survey, the EMPRN Steering Committee reviews the questions, assists in developing the survey, and disseminates the survey to secure the best responses. The survey partner is provided tabulated data results for each question. The raw report will include demographics including age, gender, zip code, and state for each respondent. Surveys should be no longer than 10 questions and include an introductory paragraph.

Timeframe

The EMPRN survey is distributed four times a year. On average, it takes four months to complete the survey project and provide data results to the survey partner. Additional time may be needed for the completion of additional data analysis.

Question Types

  1. Check Box - User chooses options from several.  All options are visible, with users clicking the boxes next to the options they would like to select.  Can select multiple options.
    • Example: On what areas of development would you like a mentorship program to focus? Select all that apply.
      • Career guidance
      • Networking
      • Research
      • Academic advancement
      • Other - please specify

  2. List - User chooses one option from several.  There is a standard drop-down or pick-list, with no options visible until the user selects one – then only the user’s selection is shown.  Limited to one option.
    • Example: Do you currently have a mentor that you communicate with regularly? Select one.
      • Yes
      • No

  3. Radio - User chooses one option from several.  All options are visible, with the user clicking the circle next to the option they would like to select.  Limited to one option.
    • Example: How did you meet your current mentor? Select one.
      • Assigned to you
      • Friends
      • Institutional mentor program
      • Regional or national mentor program
      • Other – please specify

  4. Rating (1-10) - Allows the user to rate the question on a scale of 1 to 10.  Note the scale cannot be changed.  It is represented as 10 stars, with the user selecting how many stars to award.
    • Example: Overall, how satisfied are you with your interactions with your current mentor? (Scale rating 0-10 with 0 = very unsatisfied…. 10 = very satisfied)

  5. Text Area - Free entry of text. Allows a large space for text entry. Best used for open-ended questions that may require explanation.
    • Example: What topics of conversation did you and your current mentor mostly discuss during your contacts?

  6. Text Box - Free entry of text.  Allows a single-line space for text entry.  Best used for short, concrete answers to questions requiring little to no explanation.
    • Example: In an average week, how many times are you in contact with your current mentor?

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