Global Emergency Medicine: Using research to save lives

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


Universal health coverage cannot be achieved without evidence from research


WHO World Health Report 2013


As branch of the Emergency Medicine Research Group of Edinburgh, we have extensive experience of performing all types of research within the stressed, high pressure and fast paced environment of emergency care. 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.


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


WHO World Health Report 2013


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.


By training staff to ask the questions 'why' and 'how', they become empowered to assess, analyse and address the challenges in their own clinical environments.  


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


WHO World Health Report 2013


Through the provision of education in quality improvement, audit and research methodology as a key element of all of our projects, we are enabling staff to perform independent high-quality emergency care system assessment, analysis and development. 


GEM uses decades of experience in research in emergency care in both high- and low-resource settings to provide appropriate, context specific and practical research support globally.


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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.


WHO World Health Report 2013


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