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. It is developed  out of the concept of flash mobs: “a sudden and planned gathering of many
people at a particular place that has been arranged earlier on an internet website”.

Multiple hospitals, with the help of the professional and social networks of their medical staff, can obtain sufficient data in a short time course while upholding the quality standards of classical multicenter research.