What is a flashmob in medical research?

Flashmob research is a novel type of research that allows the investigation of important questions on a large scale in a short period of time. Multiple hospitals, with the help of the professional and social networks of their medical staff,  can obtain sufficient data in a short time course with far little impact on each participating unit.

Who is behind this project?

We are a group of acute and emergency physicians from the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Singapore and the UK, the safer@home research consortium. Our current project is supported by the Dutch Acute Medicine Society (DAM) and the Society of Acute Medicine in the UK (SAM).

When is the next flashmob taking place?

The study will take place during a 48-hours study period between November 14th and November 16th, when data will be simultaneously collected in all participating hospitals.

What is the rationale of the next planned flashmob?

One of the priorities for improving the quality of care is to make care more patient centered. Current acute medical practice focuses  strongly on the medical diagnosis and treatment of the medical condition. Much of the conversations in these settings are about the patients and not actually with them. This medical focus often does not take into account the patient’s needs, values and preferences. It also provides little opportunity for patients and their loved ones to actively participate in designing a treatment plan with outcomes that are most relevant for them. A doctor’s focus is for example often on ‘treating the infection’, while the patient might be more concerned about ‘will I be able to be back at work next week?  Focusing more on what actually matters to patients may lead to better outcomes and patient satisfaction because it goes beyond the ‘sick role’ of the patient and contributes to patient involvement.

What is the design of the study?

This an international prospective observational 48 hours multi-center study. The data collection will be conducted among acutely admitted medical patients within 24 hours of admission through ED/AMU.

Setting: Acute Medical Units and other  medical admission units admitting  acute medical patients.

Recruitment: Each participating hospital will ask all patients of 18 years and older within 24 hours of admission admitted with an acute medical condition during the 48 hours flash mob.

Data collection: The dataset contains no directly identifiable patient data. Data collection should take less than 5 minutes per patient.

What are the inclusion criteria?

Age of 18 years and older with an unplanned admission due to an acute medical condition . Patients will be included within 24 hrs after the decision to admit the patient. The patients are mentally competent and able to understand the study and give informed consent.

What are the exclusion criteria?

Age under 18 years, lack of ability to give informed consent, patient not reached within 24 hours after decision to admit, non-medical patient.

How do I register my interest?

Registration of units for this study is now closed.