NHTSA Announces Funding Opportunity


Develop Prehospital Pain Management Evidence-Based Guideline

Every day EMS Clinicians treat patients suffering from pain. According to the National EMS Database, more than 5 million EMS patients reported pain as their primary symptom in 2016. Finding safe, effective, and evidence-based methods of treating pain is essential for achieving the vision of a people-centered approach to EMS described in EMS Agenda 2050.

To meet that goal, NHTSA has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity requesting applications from organizations interested in leading the development of an evidence-based guideline for the pharmacologic management of acute pain by EMS in the prehospital setting. NHTSA, in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has already funded an extensive literature review on the topic. AHRQ is scheduled to publish a report, Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting, in early September.

The development of evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) for prehospital emergency care has been a priority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its federal partners for more than a decade. In that time, NHTSA has published a National Prehospital EBG Model Process and supported the creation of several guidelines. More information about EMS evidence-based guidelines and the model process can be found on the new EBG resources page on ems.gov.

The prehospital pain management EBG development funding announcement is available on grants.gov. Click on the "Related Documents" tab and download the entire announcement for details about the opportunity and eligibility to apply. The application period closes on September 13, 2019.

Posted: Aug. 29, 2019


    September 13, 2019

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