Use of a modified Delphi approach to develop research priorities in HPB surgery across the United Kingdom.

Knight, Stephen R and Pathak, Samir and Christie, Alan and Jones, Louise and Rees, Jonathan and Davies, Hayley and Wilson, Michael S J and Vaughan-Shaw, Peter and Roberts, Keith J and Toogood, Giles and Harrison, Ewen M and Taylor, Mark A (2019) Use of a modified Delphi approach to develop research priorities in HPB surgery across the United Kingdom. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association. ISSN 1477-2574. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Research prioritisation can help identify clinically relevant questions and encourage high-quality, patient-centred research. Delphi methodology aims to develop consensus opinion within a group of experts, with recent Delphi projects helping to define the research agenda and funding within several medical and surgical specialties.

METHODS

All members of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) were asked to submit clinical research questions using an online survey (Phase 1). Two consecutive rounds of Delphi prioritisation by multidisciplinary HPB healthcare professionals (Phase 2) were undertaken to establish a final list of the most highly prioritised research questions. A multidisciplinary steering committee analysed the results of each phase.

RESULTS

Ninety-three HPB-focussed questions were identified in Phase 1, with thirty-seven questions of sufficient priority to enter a further prioritisation round. A final group of 11 questions considered highest priority were identified. The most highly ranked research questions related to treatment pathways, operative strategies and the impact of HPB procedures on quality of life, particularly for malignant disease.

CONCLUSION

Expert consensus has identified research priorities within the UK HPB surgical community over the coming years. Funding applications, to establish well-designed, high quality collaborative research are now required to address these questions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WI Digestive system. Gastroenterology
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Gastroentrology
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 10:36
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 10:36
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/2038

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