SAGES Research Agenda in Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery: Updated Results of a Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - Canada; North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Research in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery has witnessed unprecedented growth since the introduction of minimally invasive techniques in surgery. Coordination and focus of research efforts could further advance this rapidly expanding field.

What was the objective?

to update the SAGES research agenda for gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 40 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

2011 - 2012

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to submit up to five important and answerable research questions in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery, 283 research questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: questions consolidated into 89 distinct research questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate 89 questions by priority, resulting in top 40 questions. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate questions based on group mean rating

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the society of American gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons: gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons. Delphi round 1: 261 participants. Delphi round 2: 388 participants. Delphi round 3: 460 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via the SAGES listserv.

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.