The Respiratory Research Agenda in Primary Care in Portugal: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

respiratory research

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Portugal

Why was it conducted at all?

A research agenda can help to stimulate and guide research. The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) published a Research Needs Statement (RNS) in 2010 in which 145 research questions were identified. In 2012, priorities for respiratory research were established, based on these questions. To date, there has been no statement on primary care respiratory research needs in Portugal.

What was the objective?

to develop a national consensus on research priorities in respiratory diseases in primary care in Portugal and to assess the applicability of the priorities for respiratory research set by the International Primary Care Respiratory Group

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 12 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

September 2014 - November 2014

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 answer the question: What research needs do you identify regarding respiratory diseases in Primary Care in Portugal, for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, rhinitis, nicotine dependence, and respiratory infections?, 121 research topics submitted. Step 2: data processing: data cleaning, adding research questions from the Research Needs Statement of the IPCRG, clustering questions into 6 areas. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate the priority of each of the 196 topics. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rat the topics thereby considering mean group ratings of round 2

Which stakeholders took part?

Experts on respiratory disease from primary and secondary care in Portugal: physicians and RD consultants in clinical practice and research: specialists in family medicine, in pulmonology, in immuno-allergology, and trainees in family medicine. 40 stakeholders participated in Delphi round 1, 32 participated in Delphi round 2, and 28 participated in Delphi round 3.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The panel of participants in this study was composed of experts in RD with clinical experience and scientific knowledge in this area. The purpose was to recruit a number of geographically diverse individuals, including experts in family medicine, pulmonology, allergology, and other experts from the clinical area and research in RD. 79 experts were invited.

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.