|PROJECT TITLE||NETWORK EXPLORING ETHICS OF AMBULANCE TRIALS (NEAT)|
|Funding body||Wellcome Trust|
|Overarching aim||To develop a network exploring the ethics of conducting randomised controlled trials (RCTs) involving ambulance services|
To undertake a systematic review of ethical approaches in published RCTs and protocols involving ambulance services in the UK and elsewhere since 2000. We will also compare legal and ethical requirements for gaining consent in emergency settings in the UK, mainland Europe, US and Australia, where most studies have been conducted.
To conduct pilot qualitative studies with stakeholders, including patients and ambulance staff in the East Midlands, to explore perceptions of the ethics of ambulance trials.
To organise networking events with researchers, ambulance leaders, policymakers and ethicists involved in UK ambulance trials to present and discuss findings, develop preliminary recommendations for best practice, and plan further studies into ethics and conduct of ambulance trials.
|Methods||Systematic review and qualitative interviews|
|Outputs||Peer reviewed publications, networking events and conference presentations.|
|Impact||The activities will help raise awareness among researchers, practitioners, ethics committees and the public of developments in the ethics and conduct of ambulance trials and provide the basis for much needed research to inform recommendations for best ethical practice in future trials.|