Older People’s Priorities in Health and Social Care Research and Practice: A Public Engagement Workshop

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

health and social care for older people

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

As the world’s population ages, there is an increasing need for research that addresses the priorities of older people.

What was the objective?

to identify and prioritize issues that are important to older people that would benefit from further research as well as create an environment for older people to share ideas and problems related to these important issues

What was the outcome?

a list of 5 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

1 day, April 2014

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: workshop: titled: What are the important questions for research in ageing?, introductory talks followed by small group discussions, nine small groups of up to nine participants, facilitators recorded all ideas, ideas were then shared with plenary. Step 2: data processing: ideas and suggestions were collated and categorized thematically

Which stakeholders took part?

75 older people from the general public participated.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were contacted and invited to attend the workshop via a mailing list from a local voluntary sector organization, Age UK London. This was conducted through a representative from the organization in order to preserve confidentiality.

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.