Each year, the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) searches peer-reviewed and grey literature on emergency medicine to find the most important and upcoming research in the field.

This year, of the several thousand articles reviewed, “The cost of injury and trauma care in low- and middle-income countries: a review of economic evidence,” published in the journal Health Policy and Planning, was selected as one of the top global emergency medicine articles of 2013.

Written by JH-IIRU team members Hadley Wesson, associate director Abdul Bachani and director Adnan Hyder, as well as colleagues Nonkululeko Boikhutso and Karen J. Hofman, the paper suggests that while there is an urgent need to push injury prevention to the forefront of public health initiatives and to understand the costs associated with injury, there is a lack of injury-related economic evidence from LMICs. The paper goes on to summarize the body of economic evidence on injury in LMICs; assess the quality of cost-effectiveness studies using standard methods to highlight the role of economic data as a tool for injury-prevention advocacy; and provide recommendations regarding economic evaluations in LMICs.

“We are delighted to have one of our publications selected by GEMLR this year,” said Hyder. “Emergency medicine, especially in low-income settings, is vitally important and we hope this distinction will help guide policy makers when prioritizing public health funding and initiatives.

Formed in 2005, GEMLR seeks encourage the development of the field of emergency medicine globally by providing clear and accessible scientific literature. The review searches thousands of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and selects those of the highest quality to illustrate best practices and encourage additional research in the field of global emergency medicine.