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Development of research priorities in paediatric pain and palliative care

Development of research priorities in paediatric pain and palliative care
Development of research priorities in paediatric pain and palliative care
Priority setting for healthcare research is as important as conducting the research itself because rigorous and systematic processes of priority setting can make an important contribution to the quality of research. This project aimed to prioritise clinical therapeutic uncertainties in paediatric pain and palliative care in order to encourage and inform the future research agenda and raise the profile of paediatric pain and palliative care in the United Kingdom. Clinical therapeutic uncertainties were identified and transformed into patient, intervention, comparison and outcome (PICO) format and prioritised using a modified Nominal Group Technique. Members of the Clinical Studies Group in Pain and Palliative Care within National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN)-Children took part in the prioritisation exercise. There were 11 clinically active professionals spanning across a wide range of paediatric disciplines and one parent representative. The top three research priorities related to establishing the safety and efficacy of (1) gabapentin in the management of chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics, (2) intravenous non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the management of post-operative pain in pre-schoolers and (3) different opioid formulations in the management of acute pain in children while at home. Questions about the long-term effect of psychological interventions in the management of chronic pain and various pharmacological interventions to improve pain and symptom management in palliative care were among the ‘top 10’ priorities. The results of prioritisation were included in the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETS) database. Increased awareness of priorities and priority-setting processes should encourage clinicians and other stakeholders to engage in such exercises in the future.
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Liossi, Christina
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Anderson, Anna-Karenia
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Howard, Richard
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NIHR CRN-C CSG in Pain and Palliative Care
Liossi, Christina
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Anderson, Anna-Karenia
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Howard, Richard
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Liossi, Christina, Anderson, Anna-Karenia and Howard, Richard , NIHR CRN-C CSG in Pain and Palliative Care (2017) Development of research priorities in paediatric pain and palliative care. British Journal of Pain, 11 (1), 9-15. (doi:10.1177/2049463716668906).

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Abstract

Priority setting for healthcare research is as important as conducting the research itself because rigorous and systematic processes of priority setting can make an important contribution to the quality of research. This project aimed to prioritise clinical therapeutic uncertainties in paediatric pain and palliative care in order to encourage and inform the future research agenda and raise the profile of paediatric pain and palliative care in the United Kingdom. Clinical therapeutic uncertainties were identified and transformed into patient, intervention, comparison and outcome (PICO) format and prioritised using a modified Nominal Group Technique. Members of the Clinical Studies Group in Pain and Palliative Care within National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN)-Children took part in the prioritisation exercise. There were 11 clinically active professionals spanning across a wide range of paediatric disciplines and one parent representative. The top three research priorities related to establishing the safety and efficacy of (1) gabapentin in the management of chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics, (2) intravenous non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the management of post-operative pain in pre-schoolers and (3) different opioid formulations in the management of acute pain in children while at home. Questions about the long-term effect of psychological interventions in the management of chronic pain and various pharmacological interventions to improve pain and symptom management in palliative care were among the ‘top 10’ priorities. The results of prioritisation were included in the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETS) database. Increased awareness of priorities and priority-setting processes should encourage clinicians and other stakeholders to engage in such exercises in the future.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 16 September 2016
Published date: February 2017
Organisations: Human Wellbeing

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Local EPrints ID: 410733
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410733
ISSN: 2049-4637
PURE UUID: 0927d8b3-1c40-441c-a9d5-361fcff1913b
ORCID for Christina Liossi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0627-6377

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:31
Last modified: 10 Sep 2019 00:43

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