Generating Research Questions from Research Priorities in Early Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

early hip and knee osteoarthritis

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

No rationale provided.

What was the objective?

to work with patients and health professionals to identify the unanswered questions about early osteoarthritis of hip and knee patient, carer and clinical perspectives

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 30 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2015 - February 2016

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

JLA method

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: setting up PSP: steering group established, stakeholders and partner organizations identified. Step 2: collecting uncertainties: via survey, 1168 research uncertainties expressed, 43 uncertainties added from previous PSP on hip and knee replacement for osteoarthritis. Step 3: data processing: collating and combining, out-of-scope removed, check against evidence, resulting longlist of 52 questions. Step 4: interim ranking: survey with longlist of 52 uncertainties in 3 categories, participants voted on their top uncertainties, steering group reviewed results and agreed on shortlist of 30 research uncertainties (10 in each category). Step 5: final prioritization: workshop: participants received information about workshop beforehand including some background information and general notes about clinical research methods, small group discussions and small group rankings, plenary session, top 10 questions for each of the 3 categories

Which stakeholders took part?

Patients, carers and health professionals. Survey: 217 participants. Interim ranking: 550 participants: 168 people with OA, 22 carers, 235 health professionals, 115 didn't say, 10 others. Workshop: 30 participants (including 3 facilitators, 2 support staff).

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of a steering group. The steering group consisted of representatives from organizations, people with osteoarthritis, 1 carer, and specialist health professionals (surgeon, rheumatologist, GP, physiotherapist, extended nurse practitioner and acupuncturist).