Public Priorities for Joint Pain Research: Results from a General Population Survey

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

joint pain

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Identifying topics for health research, and prioritizing them, is one area where patients/health care users/consumers and the public can become active in the research process. Information on public priorities for research is useful for researchers, as subsequent research proposals can be more patient centred and relevant to patients' experiences, and therefore should be more likely to result in patient benefit. Patient and public involvement in research priority setting for joint pain has tended to be small scale, to rely on the membership of support groups or has been undertaken in service users. The objectives of this study were therefore to determine priorities for joint pain research from a large general population survey and to explore differences in priorities by socio-demographic characteristics and site of joint pain.

What was the objective?

to identify the priorities for joint pain research from a large general population survey and identify characteristics associated with these priorities

What was the outcome?

a list of 13 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: literature review. Step 2: survey: participants were asked about research priorities by providing list of research topics

Which stakeholders took part?

Adults with self-reported joint pain aged 56 years and older. 1756 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The question was embedded in a self-completion postal survey within one cohort of the North Staffordshire Osteoarthritis Project. This is a prospective (baseline, 3 years and 6 years) general population-based cohort study of joint pain in all adults registered at three general practices aged 550 years at baseline.

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.