Patient Needs and Research Priorities in the Enteral Nutrition Market. A Quantitative Prioritization Analysis

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

enteral nutrition market

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

The health and life science industry, which is an important driver of the health care sector, revolves around addressing unmet medical needs. A medical need is defined as the fundamentals required to sustain a healthy individual.1 To achieve optimal health services, policies and strategies from a public health perspective but also from a health care industry perspective, it is necessary to identify and prioritize medical needs, thereby functioning as the basis for research priorities. Unfortunately, there is limited knowledge of patient needs and priorities. As a result, there is often a mismatch between research driven by the interests of scientists, funders and powerful interest groups and the health needs of the population.

What was the objective?

to determine the unmet needs and research priorities in the enteral nutrition market by means of health research prioritization

What was the outcome?

a list of 3 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

interview; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: 17 interviews: to create list of disease areas and product characteristics of EN. Step 2: survey: participants were presented with 13 disease areas and asked to rank the 3 disease areas according to their assessment of whether these disease areas require or deserve to be investigated more thoroughly, participants were also presented with 11 product characteristics and asked to rank the 3 most important product characteristics

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition: enteral nutrition key opinion leaders practicing md, dietician, nurses, researchers, professors, lecturers, and consultants. Interviews: 17 participants. Survey: 77 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Two-hundred-twenty KOLs with extensive EN knowledge (practicing MD, dietician, nurses, researchers, professors, lecturers, and consultants) of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN) faculty were invited to participate in an email-survey.

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.