The Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership (SLV-PSP): Overview and results of the research prioritisation survey process

Fiona Rowe, Richard Wormald, Richard Cable, Michele Acton, Karen Bonstein, Michael Bowen, Carol Bronze, Catey Bunce, Dolores Conroy, Katherine Cowan, Kathy Evans, Mark Fenton, Heather Giles, Iris Gordon, Louise Halfhide, Robert Harper, Anita Lightstone, Marcela Votruba, Heather Waterman, Antra Zekite

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    Objectives: The Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership aimed to identify research priorities relating to sight loss and vision through consultation with patients, carers and clinicians. These priorities can be used to inform funding bodies' decisions and enhance the case for additional research funding. Design: Prospective survey with support from the James Lind Alliance. Setting: UK-wide National Health Service (NHS) and non-NHS. Participants: Patients, carers and eye health professionals. Academic researchers were excluded solely from the prioritisation process. The survey was disseminated by patient groups, professional bodies, at conferences and through the media, and was available for completion online, by phone, by post and by alternative formats (Braille and audio). Outcome measure: People were asked to submit the questions about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sight loss and eye conditions that they most wanted to see answered by research. Returned survey questions were reviewed by a data assessment group. Priorities were established across eye disease categories at final workshops. Results: 2220 people responded generating 4461 submissions. Sixty-five per cent of respondents had sight loss and/or an eye condition. Following initial data analysis, 686 submissions remained which were circulated for interim prioritisation (excluding cataract and ocular cancer questions) to 446 patients/carers and 218 professionals. The remaining 346 questions were discussed at final prioritisation workshops to reach agreement of top questions per category. Conclusions: The exercise engaged a diverse community of stakeholders generating a wide range of conditions and research questions. Top priority questions were established across 12 eye disease categories.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere004905
    JournalBMJ Open
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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