Establishing research priorities relating to the long-term impact of TIA and minor stroke through stakeholder-centred consensus

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Authors

  • Jonathan Mathers
  • Tom Marshall
  • Melanie Calvert

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • 1Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT England.
  • 2Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT England.

Abstract

Background 

Clinical management after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke focuses on stroke prevention. However, evidence demonstrates that many patients experience ongoing residual impairments. Residual impairments post-TIA and minor stroke may affect patients’ quality of life and return to work or social activities. Research priorities of patients, health care professionals and key stakeholders relating to the long-term impact of TIA and minor stroke are unknown.

Methods 

Our objective was to establish the top shared research priorities relating to the long-term impact of TIA and minor stroke through stakeholder-centred consensus. A one-day priority setting consensus meeting took place with representatives from different stakeholder groups in October 2016 (Birmingham, UK). Nominal group technique was used to establish research priorities. This involved three stages: (i) gathering research priorities from individual stakeholders; (ii) interim prioritisation in three subgroups; and (iii) final priority setting.

Results 

The priority setting consensus meeting was attended by 11 stakeholders. The individual stakeholders identified 34 different research priorities. During the interim prioritisation exercise, the three subgroups generated 24 unique research priorities which were discussed as a whole group. Following the final consensus discussion, 11 shared research priorities were unanimously agreed.

The 11 research questions encompass a range of categories, including: understanding the existing care patients receive (according to diagnosis and geographical location); exploring what optimal care post-TIA/minor stroke should comprise (identifying and treating impairments, information giving and support groups) and how that care should be delivered (clinical setting and follow-up pathway); impact on family members; and education/training for health care professionals.

Conclusions 

Eleven different research priorities were established through stakeholder-centred consensus. These research questions could usefully inform the research agenda and policy decisions for TIA and minor stroke. Inclusion of stakeholders in setting research priorities is important to increase the relevance of research and reduce research waste.

Details

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Involvement & Engagement
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Journal Article