Setting High-Impact Clinical Research Priorities for the Society for Vascular Surgery

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

vascular surgery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

In the fall of 2010, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Research Council proposed to the SVS Board of Directors that the Society intensify its emphasis on clinical research through several initiatives that have now been adopted and implemented: delineate clinical research priorities for the SVS to guide research strategy and investment over the next 5 years. This proposal included an electronic survey of all SVS members then convening a stakeholder's conference where a broad cross-section of SVS leadership determined the final prioritization.

What was the objective?

to identify top clinical research priorities to address critical gaps in knowledge guiding practitioners in prevention and treatment of vascular disease

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 9 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

meeting; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: 2 surveys on clinical research needs among SVS members: participants were asked to state in the form of a question clinical issues where better evidence was needed to guide patient care. Step 2: data processing: duplicates combined, grouped into similar responses, 192 distinct responses, final set of 53 topics in 7 areas. Step 3: stakeholder meeting: participants were provided with overview of economic considerations in clinical vascular research followed by presentations by thought leaders in each of the seven identified content areas, then small group discussions and small group rankings, followed by plenary session with nominal group technique: list of top scoring questions was presented, list was discussed and then participants were asked to vote on research topics: participants were provided with 20 virtual dollars to spend on research topics they felt should receive highest emphasis, voting results were then presented to plenary to confirm consensus

Which stakeholders took part?

Surgeons as members of the society for vascular surgery. Surveys: 192 participants. Meeting: 38 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

SVS members were recruited.

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.