Use of a modified BAPRAS Delphi process for research priority setting in Plastic Surgery in the UK

James Henderson, Adam Reid, Abhilash Jain

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The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) aims to raise understanding of the profession, and to promote innovation, education, and research. The latter is the remit of its Research Committee.
Plastic Surgery lags behind other surgical specialties in generating robust scientific evidence to answer many common clinical questions. This may reflect that individual innovation is a core skill for Plastic Surgeons, or the complexity of delivering large clinical studies in a small specialty. Both tracks now require institutional support, and funding within a competitive environment in which surgical research represents less than 5% of the U.K. research budget ( Funding bodies now prioritise research that addresses patients’ and clinicians’ priorities (e.g., in addition to being well designed and deliverable. Research prioritisation also allows professional bodies to best allocate finite research resources to optimise clinical impact. The BAPRAS research committee therefore sought to define these priorities, commencing in 2015.
A research priority setting exercise is critical for Plastic Surgery, in order for professional bodies such as BAPRAS to advise allocation of resources to ensure the greatest potential clinical impact. This has been performed successfully in other UK specialty organisations1 ( and worldwide.2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1679-1681
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


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