Topic prioritisation for Cochrane Epilepsy

Cochrane Epilepsy has been awarded funding to produce some new and some updated systematic reviews on epilepsy.

they are running a focused topic prioritisation activity to help them decide on important topics for new and updated systematic reviews. They are using a short online (print on request) survey to collect views on a short list of systematic reviews to begin or update as well as suggestions for other topics for systematic reviews (in addition to the short list). The survey will also ask for key reasons why you think topics are important.

The method is similar (but much less detailed) to James Lind Alliance approaches. They have also searched for reports of other prioritisation exercises to help inform the process and avoid duplication of effort.

Systematic reviews bring together the evidence from existing studies (such as controlled trials comparing different care for people with a health condition) relating to a specific research question in order to inform decisions about peoples’ health. No new studies with people will be started in this research. The reviews will use Cochrane methods – recognised worldwide as providing, ‘Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better Health.’.

The systematic reviews will be funded by an NIHR Programme grant (NIHR 16/114/26). they want to make the best use of this funding by selecting topics that are important to people with experience of epilepsy.

They have a steering group involving stakeholder partners including Epilepsy Action, leads and managers of the Cochrane Epilepsy Group, NHS Clinical Reference Group for Neurology and researchers with expertise in systematic reviews. Crowe Associates have advised them during the development of our survey.

Cochrane Epilepsy will publish a brief report of the survey results and their steering group’s consideration of priorities for new and update systematic reviews. We will ensure no individual respondent can be identified in the report.

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