Identification of Research Priorities in Exercise Oncology: A Consensus Study

For which topic were research priorities identified?

exercise oncology

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

The growth of research in the field of exercise oncology has resulted in a large evidence base for the role of physical activity in preventing and managing cancer outcomes. Nonetheless, there remain many unanswered questions across the multidisciplinary field.

What was the objective?

to determine the priority research questions within exercise oncology using a systematic consensus method

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 15 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

2 days

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: workshop: in form of symposium, invited presentations by experts followed by open plenary discussion, followed by small group discussions with nominal group technique: participants were asked to silently think of possible questions, questions noted on flipchart, 100 research questions generated, group discussions on questions, participants were asked to rank up to ten items for importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Academics and/or practitioners working in the field of physical activity and cancer. 47 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All 50 delegates of a two-day symposium on exercise oncology were invited to take part in the consensus study and 47 participated.

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.