GEM believes that alongside providing education and clinical support, we should be compelled to provide local staff with the ability to research, audit and improve their own clinical care.
Understanding the processes of quality improvement and audit allows clinicians to identify issues within their practice that result in clinical outcomes that are poorer than expected. They then are equipped with the tools to investigate these outcomes, improve the diagnostic and treatment processes and ultimately radically reduce the morbidity and mortality of all their future patients
As branch of the Emergency Medicine Research Group of Edinburgh, we have extensive experience of research within stressed, high pressure and fast paced environments. Our staff have decades of experience of clinical work in the UK as well as abroad, providing an in depth understanding of the issues preventing optimal clinical care in low resource settings.
GEM endeavours to improve emergency care through a variety of means that are sustainable and reliable. We believe that to produce long term and long lasting benefits we must instill local staff with the skills required to run, develop and improve their own healthcare system. This in turn then does not require international support staff to be constantly on the ground, making a much more reliable change in the modern age of an unstable global political state.
The following points were within the key messages from the WHO World Health Report in 2013. We believe that our group could and should be striving to address these messages and improve health through research on a global scale:
1. Research for universal health coverage requires national and international backing
2. Universal health coverage cannot be achieved without evidence from research
3. Research has the power to address a wide range of questions about how we can reach universal coverage, providing answers to improve human health, well-being and development
4. All nations should be producers of research as well as consumers
5. The creativity and skills of researchers should be used to strengthen investigations not only in academic centres but also in public health programmes, close to the supply of and demand for health services
6. To make the best use of limited resources, systems are needed to stengthen research capacity and to make appropriate and effective use of research findings.
We endeavour to take our curiosity global. We are determined to take our experience from decades of achievement in the field of emergency medicine and use it to enable success in healthcare on a global scale.
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