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Research Priorities

From time to time HSC R&D are involved in identfying research priorities for HSC. 

An example of this was the Delphi study, which was funded by HSC R&D Division in 2011 to identify research priorities for the therapy professions in Northern Ireland.

The study by the University of Ulster, enabled members of six Allied Health Professions (AHPs) to express opinions on research needs within their areas of expertise.

The respondents to ‘A Delphi Study to Identify Research Priorities for the Therapy Professions in Northern Ireland’, were selected from professionals based in clinical and academic settings in the areas of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, podiatry, nutrition and dietetics and orthoptics.

The views of a group of key stakeholders in health and social care and a separate panel of service users were also gathered. A copy of this report, and an Executive Summary, can be downloaded below.

NI Delphi Study Report (July2011)

NI Delphi Study Executive Summary

 


HSC R&D also draws on the work of other organisations who undertake research priority exercises.

The James Lind Alliance (JLA), a non-profit making initiative which brings patientscarers and clinicians together to identify and prioritise the top 10 uncertainties, or 'unanswered questions', about the effects of treatments that they agree are most important. 

They work closely with DUETS to ensure that priorities identified through Priority Setting Partnerships are recorded.

 

DUETS

The UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (UK DUETs) publishes treatment uncertainties from patients, carers, clinicians, and from research recommendations, covering a wide variety of health problems.

UK DUETs draws on three main sources to identify uncertainties about the effects of treatments:

• patients', carers' and clinicians' questions about the effects of treatment

• research recommendations in reports of systematic reviews of existing research and in clinical guidelines, in which knowledge gaps are revealed

• ongoing research, both in the form of systematic reviews in progress and new 'primary' studies

Patients and the public have a right to expect that research funders, researchers and health professionals are aware of uncertainties about the effects of treatments. Knowing about uncertainties tells us where further research is needed. Ignoring treatment uncertainties puts patients at risk.

For more information on please go to: http://www.library.nhs.uk/duets/

 

 James Lind Alliance

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative which was established in 2004. It brings patientscarers and clinicians together to identify and prioritise the top 10 uncertainties, or 'unanswered questions', about the effects of treatments that they agree are most important. The organisation works closely with DUETS to ensure that priorities identified through Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) are recorded.

This information will help ensure that those who fund health research are aware of what matters to both patients and clinicians.

Transition of James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships to NETSCC
From 1 April 2013, NETSCC coordinates the work of the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs).

For further information please click on the following two links 
NETSCC website news item
JLA transition homepage