Guidance Document

The methods group also works on developing guidance documents for Cochrane Groups on how to conduct a research priority setting exercises. These documents are developed on a step wise approach. First we publish a draft version of the documents to get further feedback from the groups whether it is helpful for them or not. Afterwards, we will revise and finalize them.

Guidance Sheet :  What is research priority setting and what you need to do before starting? 

Stakeholder priorities for research in health communication and participation: Findings from the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Priority Setting Project

 Using Guidelines to inform priority setting of Systematic Reviews

Yu T, Li T, Friedman DS, Dickersin K, Puhan M. Asia-Pacific clinicians prioritize comparative effectiveness research for the management of primary angle closure. Journal of Glaucoma (in press).

Li T, Vedula SS, Scherer R, Dickersin K. What comparative effectiveness research is needed? A framework for using guidelines and systematic reviews to identify evidence gaps and research priorities. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(5):367-77.

Li T, Ervin A, Scherer R, Jampel H, Dickersin K. Setting priorities for comparative effectiveness research: A case study using primary open-angle glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2010;117(10):1937-45.

Other Research Priority setting exercises to inform the topic selection process of Cochrane Reviews

Wale JL, Belizán M, Nadel J, Jeffrey C, Vij SL. The Cochrane Library review titles that are important to users of health care, a Cochrane Consumer Network project. Health Expect. 2011 Sep 6. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00723.x. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21895902.

Cumpston MS, Tavender EJ, Buchan HA, Gruen RL. Australian health policy makers' priorities for research synthesis: a survey. Aust Health Rev. 2012 Nov;36(4):401-11. doi: 10.1071/AH11064. PubMed PMID: 22951094.

Doyle J, Waters E, Yach D, McQueen D, De Francisco A, Stewart T, Reddy P, Gulmezoglu AM, Galea G, Portela A. Global priority setting for Cochrane systematic reviews of health promotion and public health research. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005 Mar;59(3):193-7. PubMed PMID: 15709077; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1733031.

Eleftheriadou V, Whitton ME, Gawkrodger DJ, Batchelor J, Corne J, Lamb B, Ersser S, Ravenscroft J, Thomas KS; vitiligo priority setting partnership. Future research into the treatment of vitiligo: where should our priorities lie? Results of the vitiligo priority setting partnership. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Mar;164(3):530-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2010.10160.x. Epub 2011 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 21128908; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3084501.

Rylance J, Pai M, Lienhardt C, Garner P. Priorities for tuberculosis research: a systematic review. Lancet Infect Dis. 2010 Dec;10(12):886-92. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(10)70201-2. Epub 2010 Nov 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 21050822; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2992175.

Economic Approaches to Priority Setting: 
The following are a list of references to papers describing quantitative approaches to research priority setting:

Programme Budgeting and Marginal Analysis:

Brambleby P. A survivor's guide to programme budgeting.Health Policy1995;33(2):127-45.

Cohen DR. Messages from Mid Glamorgan: a multi-programme experiment with marginal analysis.Health Policy1995;33(2):147-55.

Craig N, Parkin D, Gerard K. Clearing the fog on the Tyne: programme budgeting in Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority.Health Policy1995;33(2):107-25.

Holmes RD, Bate A, Steele JG, Donaldson C. Commissioning NHS dentistry in England: issues for decision-makers managing the new contract with finite resources.Health Policy2009;91(1):79-88.

Holmes RD, Steele J, Exley CE, Donaldson C. Managing resources in NHS dentistry: using health economics to inform commissioning decisions.BMC Health Serv Res2011;11:138.

Madden L, Hussey R, Mooney G, Church E. Public health and economics in tandem: programme budgeting, marginal analysis and priority setting in practice.Health Policy1995;33(2):161-8.

Mitton C, Donaldson C. Twenty-five years of programme budgeting and marginal analysis in the health sector, 1974-1999.J Health Serv Res Policy2001;6(4):239-48.

Peacock SJ, Richardson JR, Carter R, Edwards D. Priority setting in health care using multi-attribute utility theory and programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA).Soc Sci Med2007;64(4):897-910.

Posnett J, Street A. Programme budgeting and marginal analysis: an approach to priority setting in need of refinement.J Health Serv Res Policy1996;1(3):147-53.

Twaddle S, Walker A. Programme budgeting and marginal analysis: application within programmes to assist purchasing in Greater Glasgow Health Board.Health Policy1995;33(2):91-105. 

Wilson E, Sussex J, Macleod C, Fordham R. Prioritizing health technologies in a Primary Care Trust.J Health Serv Res Policy2007;12(2):80-5.

Value of Information Analysis:

Claxton K. The irrelevance of inference: a decision-making approach to the stochastic evaluation of health care technologies.J Health Econ1999;18(3):341-64.

Claxton K, Cohen JT, Neumann PJ. When is evidence sufficient?Health Aff (Millwood)2005;24(1):93-101.

Willan AR, Pinto EM. The value of information and optimal clinical trial design.Stat Med2005;24(12):1791-806.

Wilson E, Abrams K. From Evidence Based Economics to Economics Based Evidence: Using Systematic Review to inform the design of future research. In: Shemilt I, Mugford M, Vale L, Marsh K, Donaldson C, editors.Evidence Based Economics. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2010.