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Research priorities for shoulder surgery: results of the 2015 James Lind Alliance patient and clinician priority setting partnership
  1. Amar Rangan1,
  2. Sheela Upadhaya2,
  3. Sandra Regan3,
  4. Francine Toye4,
  5. Jonathan L Rees5
  1. 1The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  2. 2James Lind Alliance Advisor, NIHR, London, UK
  3. 3James Lind Alliance Project Manager and Hub Co-ordinator, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK
  4. 4Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University NHS Trust, Oxford, UK
  5. 5Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jonathan L Rees; jonathan.rees{at}


Objective To run a UK based James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership for ‘Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems’.

Setting This was a nationally funded and conducted process. It was organised from a musculoskeletal research centre and Biomedical Research Unit in Oxford.

Participants UK shoulder patients, carers and clinicians, involved in treating patients with shoulder pain and shoulder problems that might require surgery.

Interventions These were national electronic and paper surveys capturing treatment uncertainties that are important to shoulder patients, carers and clinicians.

Outcome measures The outcomes relevant to this study were the survey results and rankings.

Results The process took 18 months to complete, with 371 participants contributing 404 in scope questions. The James Lind process then produced a final 10 research priorities and uncertainties that relate to the scope of ‘Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems’.

Conclusions The final top 10 UK research priorities have been produced and are now being disseminated to partner organisations and funders to guide funding of shoulder research for the next 5–10 years on topics that are important to patients, their carers and clinicians.

  • James Lind Alliance
  • uncertainties

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