Our Prioritization Process
Our priority-setting survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated.
Please note that due to circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, our core priority-setting process has been paused. These results will be shared in due time. Currently, our CRG is prioritizing all COVID-19 related reviews, including new titles, updates, and rapid reviews. A summary of our ongoing COVID-19 initiatives is available here.
Prioritization process for the Emergency and Critical Care Review Group
We aim to produce high-quality, clinically relevant reviews, which clinicians, patients, policymakers and guideline developers want to use. We already cover many relevant topics within our existing portfolio. This prioritization process aims to identify relevant topics for new reviews or updates.
We will establish a team to lead the priority setting process to help define and refine the scope of the exercise. This will include the Managing Editor, Co-ordinating Editor, one other Editor and a review author as a minimum but we would be keen to have an external stakeholder represented also.
· We intend to engage with multiple stakeholder groups. We have already engaged with the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the European Society of Emergency Care (EUSEM), and Cochrane Pre-hospital Field. Specifically the ESICM produce guidelines for intensive care medicine and there is a system in place to identify topics of high clinical relevance. The Cochrane Pre-hospital Field also in co-operation with EUSEM performs a topic screening process.
· We will disseminate our intention to conduct our priority setting exercise through the relevant channels to allow both external and internal Cochrane stakeholders the opportunity for engagement.
Documentation and dissemination
· The priority-setting project is documented below. The plan, once implemented, will be available on the Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care Group website, including a summary of the exercise once complete.
- We will also publish the list of priority topics when is it formulated.
- We will continue to promote high priority reviews upon publication using approaches recommended by the Cochrane Knowledge Translation unit.
- We will feed back the results of the priority setting process to our stakeholders.
- We will evaluate the priority setting process and its outcomes
The project below will be complete by January 2020 and will be repeated after 3 years.
Review prioritization project outline
1 Establish steering group
Timeframe: June 2019.
2 Define topic scope for Group’s exercise
We will draw on our published scope (see Group website) and perform a mapping exercise to determine which areas of the Group’s scope are well served by existing trials that have not been synthesized in a Cochrane Review.
Timeframe: Begin June 2019, complete by end of October 2019.
3 Invite topic nominations from stakeholders
We will invite authors, editors, relevant Cochrane Fields, and our external stakeholders (i.e. professional organisations, relevant patient groups, and guideline developers) to contribute topic suggestions through an online portal. We will also take note of the results of existing high-quality, inclusive prioritization exercises such as the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting exercise in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, which includes several stakeholder perspectives (clinicians, patients, policymakers and guideline developers):
Timeframe: Survey portal open October to December 2019
4 Prioritize the suggestions received
From the list of portal submissions, we will choose 10-15 priority reviews for the next 2-3 years’ work for the Group. This will be undertaken, according to the following principles and will be in the form of a modified Delphi exercise by the steering group. We will have regard to the relevance of topics to patients and other healthcare decision makers and also likely impact a review topic will attract (i.e., likelihood of citations, downloads, guideline production etc.)
Timeframe: December 2019 and January 2020
We will publish the results of our process on the Group’s website and will actively inform relevant stakeholders throughout the prioritization process. We will also seek to disseminate the results in a formal academic publication.
Timeframe: February 2020
6 Continuing implementation
To produce relevant and high-quality reviews and ensure most effective use of the available resources we will continue to hold online editorial meetings twice a year to decide on accepting new titles and updates as a standard procedure. Acceptance of titles outside of these dates shall be possible for exceptional circumstances (e.g. unanticipated high impact epidemic). Submission deadlines for new titles will be announced on our website and will take place in April and November.
Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care Review Group
30 March 2019