A Research Agenda for Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - Canada; North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Development of a research agenda may help to inform researchers and research-granting agencies about the key research gaps in an area of research and clinical care.

What was the objective?

to develop a list of research questions for which further research was likely to have a major impact on clinical care in the area of gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked for research questions. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis, submissions categorized, collapsed, and rewritten, total of 106 distinct research questions identified. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each question, 40 questions with highest mean rating remained for round 3. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on group mean rating of round 2

Which stakeholders took part?

Gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons. Delphi round 1: 241 participants. Delphi round 2: 397 participants. Delphi round 3: 385 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

An expert panel including the general membership of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) was invited to participate.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.