Korean cardiac arrest research consortium (KoCARC): Rationale, development, and implementation


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    Objective This study aimed to describe the conceptualization, development, and implementation processes of the newly established Korean Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Consortium (KoCARC) to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) outcomes. Methods The KoCARC was established in 2014 by recruiting hospitals willing to participate voluntarily. To enhance professionalism in research, seven research committees, the Epidemiology and Preventive Research Committee, Community Resuscitation Research Committee, Emergency Medical System Resuscitation Research Committee, Hospital Resuscitation Research Committee, Hypothermia and Postresuscitation Care Research Committee, Cardiac Care Resuscitation Committee, and Pediatric Resuscitation Research Committee, were organized under a steering committee. The KoCARC registry was developed with variables incorporated in the currently existing regional OHCA registries and Utstein templates and were collected via a web-based electronic database system. The KoCARC study population comprises patients visiting the participating hospitals who had been treated by the emergency medical system for OHCA presumed to have a cardiac etiology. Results A total of 62 hospitals volunteered to participate in the KoCARC, which captures 33.0% of the study population in Korea. Web-based data collection started in October 2015, and to date (December 2016), there were 3,187 cases compiled in the registry collected from 32 hospitals. Conclusion The KoCARC is a self-funded, voluntary, hospital-based collaborative research network providing high level evidence in the field of OHCA and resuscitation. This paper will serve as a reference for subsequent KoCARC manuscripts and for data elements collected in the study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-176
    Number of pages12
    JournalClinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sept

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This consortium was supported by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the organizing stage. Currently, KoCARC is partly supported by the Korean Association of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2018 The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine.


    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
    • Research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency


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