Older People and Oral Research Agenda Health: Setting a Patient-Centred Research Agenda

Brockelhurst et al. (2015) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

oral health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Little is known about the ageing population's views about their oral health from their perspective. Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) incorporate users' perspectives to prioritise research agendas and are based on a series of sequential steps to build consensus. This structured approach ensures their narrative and thoughts are heard and helps counter the ‘top-down' medical model that can dominate healthcare services.

What was the objective?

to provide the opportunity to enable older people to prioritize the research agenda to improve their own oral health

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 8 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

group discussion

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: participants for group discussions were identified. Step 2: group discussion with nominal group technique: participants discussed six questions: What aspects of oral health are important for you now? What aspects of oral health would be important to you as you lose your independence? How should we best prevent dental disease in older people? What does good dental care look like (as older people become increasingly dependent)? What would you fear happening to your mouth that is, what negative outcomes would you want to avoid as you lose your independence? What are the important research questions to ask? Step 3: data processing: thematic analysis. Step 4: group discussion: to review the collated information and prioritize the research agenda

Which stakeholders took part?

11 users of services, 6 personal carers of relatives or spouses over the age of 65, 6 representatives of third sector organizations such as older people's charities and care home staff and 7 specialists (1 geriatrician with special responsibility for community care, 1 consultant in Dental Public Health, 1 Consultant in Restorative Dentistry with a special interest in Gerodontics, 1 Dental Commissioner, the Chair of the Local Professional Network, 2 academics interested in Health Services Research for older people).

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were identified through Age (UK), care home networks across Greater Manchester and via the Citizen Scientist project run by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Additionally, participant were identified by two of the authors, through their professional role within the NHS.

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.