Current Cochrane Group Priority Setting Projects

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In order to be relevant to the needs of users, Cochrane evidence needs to respond to national, regional, and global health priorities. This page provides a round-up of current priority setting activities submitted by Cochrane Groups - updated throughout the month. See the 'Priority Setting' pages of Cochrane Training for additional information on priority setting; including sample documents, FAQs, and case studies.

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Cochrane Airways
Title of Priority Setting: Cochrane Airways priority-setting project
General information: A survey and rolling literature surveillance program to gather stakeholder questions. A priority-setting group to develop systematic review questions from the stakeholder questions and select the highest priority review topics.
Target Audience: We are looking for questions/uncertainties  from people living with a respiratory condition such as asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, sleep apnea, interstitial lung disease or pulmonary hypertension. We are looking for stakeholders including patients, carers healthcare professionals and researchers to join our priority-setting advisory group.
Special requests: We would welcome people passing the link to the survey or the request for members to join the advisory group on to relevant stakeholders.
Suggested tweet: Your lungs, your questions: tell us your questions about living with #asthma and we will use them to inform new @CochraneAirways systematic reviews. Complete the survey before 9 Sept! #AskCochraneAirways https://buff.ly/2YfX4RO
End date: The survey and applications for members of the advisory group closes Monday 9 September.
Further information:  Priority setting plan, survey, and advert for stakeholders to join advisory group

 

Cochrane Anaesthesia
Title of Priority Setting:
Prioritization process for the Anaesthesia Review Group (CARG)
General information: Our prioritization process aims to support the production of high-quality, clinically relevant reviews, with meaningful impact and utility for clinicians, patients, policy makers and guideline developers by identifying priority topics for new reviews and updates. A steering group will engage external stakeholder groups to solicit topic nominations which will then be prioritized through a modified Delphi exercise. The resulting list of priority reviews will be disseminated widely.
Target Audience: Clinicians, clinical societies and associations, patients, policy makers and guideline developers.
End Date: TBD
Further information: Read more about the prioritization process.

 

Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders
Title of Priority Setting: James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership in CF
General information: We carried out a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership in CF and together with people living and working with CF identified the top ten priorities for research into CF. These research questions generated new review titles on our priority titles list. We are continuing our work by looking at four of the top ten priorities in more depth and have launched four further online surveys. A final survey to test applicability and acceptability of the more defined research questions will launch soon.
Target Audience: We included people with CF, parents of children with CF, other family and healthcare professionals both on our steering group and in our surveys. The aim was to feedback what we found to the CF community and to work with stakeholders and funders to promote further research in the areas that are clinically relevant to the CF community. The results of this process influenced our Cochrane priority titles list to ensure that future reviews are those of most importance.
End date: the continuation work is expected to be completed September/October 2019 with publications and dissemination back to the CF community to follow.
Further information: Read more about the prioritization setting work.

 

Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care
Title of Priority Setting:
Prioritization process for the Emergency and Critical Care Review Group
General information: Our prioritization process aims to support the production of high-quality, clinically relevant reviews, with meaningful impact and utility for clinicians, patients, policy makers and guideline developers by identifying priority topics for new reviews and updates. A steering group will engage external stakeholder groups to solicit topic nominations which will then be prioritized through a modified Delphi exercise. The resulting list of priority reviews will be disseminated widely.
Target Audience: Clinicians, clinical societies and associations, patients, policy makers and guideline developers.
End Date: TBD
Further information: Read more about the prioritization process.

 

Cochrane Hypertension
Title of Priority Setting: Cochrane Hypertension Priority Setting Project
General information: In Phase 1, we mapped existing Cochrane Hypertension review titles to the top ten priorities identified by the Hypertension Canada Priority Setting Partnership Group (HCPSPG), which used the James Lind Alliance priority setting process. Phase 2, a bilingual (English/Spanish) social media engagement campaign (#AskCochraneHTN) to solicit additional priorities from patients and other stakeholders via an online questionnaire is currently underway.
Target Audience: The priority-setting exercises are designed to confirm that we are focussing our efforts on reviews which have been cited by our stakeholders (patients, carers, clinicians, and researchers) as being of the highest importance and that we are compliant with Cochrane requirements for priority-setting.
Special requests: We would appreciate help in disseminating our stakeholder survey in English and Spanish.
Suggested tweet: What do you want to know about blood pressure or high blood pressure (hypertension)? Ask @CochraneHTN - https://hypertension.cochrane.org/yourhtnquestions Your question may lead to a Cochrane Review! #askCochraneHTN #hypertension #BloodPressure
End Date: TBD
Further information: Our priority setting plan is available in English and Spanish.

 

Cochrane Group: Neuromuscular
Title of Priority Setting:
Neuromuscular priority setting
General information: This new priority setting exercise will identify 20 to 30 reviews to be the main focus of our work over the next three years. The process will help us to identify priorities for updating published reviews and completing ongoing reviews, as well as identifying any gaps where new reviews are needed.
Target Audience: At this stage, our Prioritisation Steering Group is gathering information about current review questions and drafting its priority setting survey. We would like to invite two or three interested stakeholders to pilot a draft version of the survey.
End date: We anticipate that our priority setting survey will be open this summer, and so we would seek to pilot the draft survey in July/August 2019.
Further information: Priority setting plan on the Cochrane Neuromuscular Group website 

 

Cochrane Oral Health
Title of Priority Setting:
Cochrane Oral Health Priority Setting Project
General information: Cochrane Oral Health is looking for important questions to answer in taking care of the mouth, teeth and gums. We are looking at systematic reviews that we've already published over the past 20 years to see which should be updated, and we are also looking at new questions that may need to be answered.
Target Audience: The next phase in our priority setting process will target specific stakeholders, who are invited by the group to take part. These will include guideline developers, clinicians, researchers and consumer representatives.
End date: February 2020
Further information: All the information about our process (including our priority setting plan and reports on various phases) can be found here on our website. We are also sending out periodic priority setting bulletins, you can sign up to receive them here and catch up with previous issues here.

 

Cochrane PaPaS
Title of Priority Setting: PaPaS priority setting project 2019
General information: Our review group has a broad scope and we produce reviews on acute and chronic pain, headache and migraine, and palliative and supportive care. We are embarking on a prioritisation exercise to evaluate the scope, coverage, and potential gaps in our portfolio to meet the objectives of the new MOSS Network Strategic Plan and the ongoing aims of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020. We are following the mandatory standards detailed in the Knowledge Translation guidance.
Target Audience: Once we have identified our priority topics, we will circulate surveys with relevant stakeholders (e.g. organisations, charities, patient groups, and any other relevant individuals or groups) to gather their feedback on the conditions, interventions and populations we need to focus on over the next five years.
End date: TBD
Further information: Find out more about our prioritisation plans for 2019 and beyond.

 

If you would like to add your prioritization project, please  provide the following information to mumoquit@cochrane.org:

Cochrane Group:
URL of Group website:
Twitter Handle:

Title of Priority Setting:
General information: 1-2 sentences explaining what the scope of the priority setting is, any specific methods and/or stakeholders which will be involved.
Target Audience: 1-2 sentences explaining the target audience of your current stage in your priority setting. e.g. general public, health professionals. 
Special requests: Optional; Is there anything (with approximate dates) that the Cochrane Central Executive or other Cochrane Groups/Cochrane members could help with? e.g. Disseminating surveys, linking up with stakeholders etc.
End date: What is the date after which input from other Cochrane Groups would be unhelpful? When should your information be removed from this page?
Further information: e.g. Link to priority setting plan on Group website, link to survey.

August 14, 2019