HEOM 017: Cardiovascular prioritisation

Establishing regional research priorities to improve the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatment pathways for heart attack patients

To understand why differences in care pathways occur at a local level we have worked to develop a list of priority topics for future research in cardiovascular disease. This will encourage locally driven, needs led research to be prioritised, with a view to improving the health of heart attack patients in Yorkshire & Humber.  This project resulted from a collaboration formed through CLAHRC YH between HEOM researchers at York, academic cardiologists at Leeds and Sheffield Universities and the Vale of York CCG.

The list of priority topics have been generated through a review of the literature and then further refined by convening a workshop. Workshop participants included key staff from NHS England, commissioning groups, consultant cardiologists, academics and representatives from funding bodies. The workshop stimulated a lot of discussion and was well received.

This long list of topics will now be prioritised using a web survey with the wider academic, clinical and commissioning communities.  Research questions will be ranked according to the number of votes they receive and recommendations made regarding future research directions. The project will provide a foundation for using the list of priorities in collaborative grant proposals.

The web survey is now live! Those wishing to be part of the prioritisation exercise please contact Laura Bojke on laura.bojke@york.co.uk