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Research priorities to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal disorders: a priority setting exercise with the child health and nutrition research initiative method

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Involving research users in setting priorities for research is essential to ensure the outcomes are patient-centred and maximise its value and impact. The Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Advisory Group Versus Arthritis led a research priority setting exercise across musculoskeletal disorders. The Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) method of setting research priorities with a range of stakeholders was used, involving four stages and two surveys, to: (1) gather research uncertainties, (2) consolidate these, (3) score uncertainties against importance and impact, and (4) analyse scoring for prioritisation. 213 people responded to the first survey and 285 people to the second, representing clinicians, researchers, and people with musculoskeletal disorders. Key priorities included developing and testing new treatments, better treatment targeting, early diagnosis, prevention, and better understanding and management of pain, with an emphasis on understanding underpinning mechanisms. We present a call to action to researchers and funders to target these priorities.

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Author(s): Paskins Z, Farmer CE, Manning F, Andersson DA, Barlow T, Bishop FL, Brown CA, Clark A, Clark EM, Dulake D, Gulati M, LeMaitre CL, Jones RK, Loughlin J, Mason DJ, McCarron M, Millar NL, Pandit H, Peat G, Richardson SM, Salt EJ, Taylor EJ, Linda L, Wilcox RK, Wise E, Wilkinson C, Watt FE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Lancet Rheumatology

Year: 2022

Volume: 4

Issue: 9

Pages: E635-E645

Print publication date: 01/09/2022

Online publication date: 27/07/2022

Acceptance date: 12/07/2022

Date deposited: 30/08/2022

ISSN (print): 0140-6736

ISSN (electronic): 2665-9913

Publisher: The Lancet Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1016/S2665-9913(22)00136-9


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