Rapid needs appraisal to inform outbreak response research


Workshop session 7: Friday, 11:00-12:30

Workshop category: 

  • Real world evidence (pragmatic trials, big data)


Date and Location


Friday 15 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Catrin Moore
Chantelle Garritty
Karla Soares-Weiser


Sigfrid L1, Salam A1, Horby P1, Clarke M2
1 Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford (ERGO), Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford, UK
2 Evidence Aid and Centre for Public Health, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Target audience

Target audience: 

Researchers, physicians, policy makers

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: To train participants to apply rapid-synthesis methodology for accelerated evidence reviews to identify key research gaps at the early stages of epidemics, through a dynamic, interactive session.

Description: The evidence base for the response to epidemics of (re-)emerging pathogens is limited. Research is rarely an early priority, since agencies are often in crisis mode. The challenges at the outset of an epidemic and the limited window of opportunity to implement research, makes it important that priorities for research are rapidly, but rigorously, defined, while considering ethical aspects, and ensuring the potential for a direct clinical impact. This interactive session will present a formal methodology for rapidly (≤5 days) and transparently identifying knowledge gaps during emergency outbreaks, to inform prioritisation of clinical research. We developed the methodology in collaboration with a range of experts in systematic reviews and outbreak response, and it optimises the use of global networks of clinicians, researchers and systematic reviewers. The session will cover: introduction of the method; an interactive session where participants use an outbreak scenario simulation to apply the methodology; and participant-led discussion on the outcome to include issues/enablers/barriers in different settings and healthcare systems.