Research drives the advancement of medical knowledge during war, but planning and execution are too slow to enable early data acquisition. Future conflicts are likely to be shorter and more dispersed, requiring innovation to avoid missing out on the crucial early stages. To seize the initiative, we suggest that a collection of preapproved research studies be designed, stored and maintained within the medical command structure so that they are ready for immediate implementation at the onset of future conflicts, even during the most kinetic early phases of deployment.
- STATISTICS & RESEARCH METHODS
- TRAUMA MANAGEMENT
- MEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Received November 8, 2016.
- Revision received January 11, 2017.
- Accepted January 13, 2017.
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Contributors DNN, NE and DSB devised and developed the ideas and innovations discussed within the manuscript. DNN wrote the manuscript, and NE, DSB and SAS critically appraised and edited the manuscript. SAS acts as guarantor.
Competing interests None declared.
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