What are the research priorities for idiopathic intracranial hypertension? A priority setting partnership between patients and healthcare professionals

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  • SP Mollan
  • K Hemmings
  • A Denton
  • M Williamson


Objective: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is under-researched and the aim was to determine the top 10 research priorities for this disease. Design: A modified nominal group technique was used to engage participants who had experience of IIH. Setting: This James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership was commissioned by IIH UK, a charity. Participants: People with IIH, carers, family and friends, and healthcare professionals participated in two rounds of surveys to identify unique research questions unanswered by current evidence. The most popular 26 uncertainties were presented to stakeholders who then agreed the top 10 topics. Results: The top 10 research priorities for IIH included aetiology of IIH, the pathological mechanisms of headache in IIH, new treatments in IIH, the difference between acute and gradual visual loss, the best ways to monitor visual function, biomarkers of the disease, hormonal causes of IIH, drug therapies for the treatment of headache, weight loss and its role in IIH and finally, the best intervention to treat IIH and when should surgery be performed. Conclusions: This priority setting encouraged people with direct experience of IIH to collectively identify critical gaps in the existing evidence. The overarching research aspiration was to understand the aetiology and management of IIH.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere026573
JournalBMJ open
Issue number3
Early online date15 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


  • PPI, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, impact, patient and carer involvement, patient involvement, priority setting, research agenda, research priorities, service-user involvement

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