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G-I-N Conference 2012

Guidelines International Network

22.08 - 25.08.2012, Berlin

Funding methodological research: can international collaboration be the solution?

Meeting Abstract

  • T. Sharma - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Manchester, United Kingdom
  • S. Garner - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London, United Kingdom
  • B. Naidoo - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London, United Kingdom
  • P. Littlejohns - Kings College London, London, United Kingdom
  • B. Kaur - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Manchester, United Kingdom
  • M. Choudhury - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London, United Kingdom

Guidelines International Network. G-I-N Conference 2012. Berlin, 22.-25.08.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocO61

DOI: 10.3205/12gin093, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-12gin0935

Published: July 10, 2012

© 2012 Sharma et al.
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Outline

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Background: The methodology for guideline development has evolved rapidly over the last decade. Whilst the basic methodology is well established, there is still controversy about 'best practice' and challenges frequently arise in the context of specific guidelines. Inadequacies in the evidence base have required the exploration of new methods. It is becoming increasingly competitive to obtain research funding, particularly with the current economic climate. Therefore it is essential that a formal process of prioritisation of methods research be established within organisations. As many organisations do not have access to funding to enable in-house methodological development, international collaboration would help identify priorities and potential funding routes. There should be shared responsibility to ensure that key research is undertaken and shared to avoid duplication and improve efficiency.

Objectives:

  • To showcase the current methodological priorities from NICE;
  • To identify common priorities and funding routes to getting them addressed;
  • Fostering international collaboration

Suggested audience: Guideline developers, academic experts, research funders and policy-makers

Workshop: The workshop will provide a forum to present the formal framework for prioritising methodological uncertainties at NICE, developed in collaboration with the UK's Medical Research Council and the resulting key methodological priorities from NICE for 2012-2013 will be showcased. Drawing on this list, participants will be asked to consider them in light of their own experiences in break-out groups. The common priorities will be identified and possible funding routes for the research investigated. Finally, all views will be shared and options for collaboration explored.