Consumer research priorities for pediatric anesthesia and perioperative medicine

Aine Sommerfield, David Sommerfield, Emily Bell, Susan Humphreys, Fiona Taverna, Kenneth Lee, Belinda Frank, Britta S von Ungern-Sternberg

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Background Consumer-driven research is increasingly being prioritized. Aim Our aim was to partner with consumers to identify the top 10 research priorities for pediatric anesthesia and perioperative medicine. The ACORN (Anesthesia Consumer Research Network) was formed to collaborate with children and families across Australia. Methods A prospective online survey was developed to generate research ideas from consumers. The survey was developed in Qualtrics, a survey research platform. Consumers were invited to participate through poster advertising, social media posts, via consumer networks at participating hospitals and in addition 35 national consumer/patient representative organizations were approached. We also conducted a similar idea generating survey for clinicians through email invitation and via Twitter. A second round of surveys was conducted to prioritize the long list of research questions and a shortlist of priorities developed. A single consensus meeting was held, and a final consensus list of top 10 priorities emerged. Results A total of 281 research ideas were submitted between 356 consumers in the idea generating survey and from four consumer/patient representative groups. Seventy-five clinicians responded to the clinician idea generation survey. This was consolidated into 20 research ideas/themes for the second survey for each group. 566 responses were received to the consumer prioritization top 10 survey and 525 responses to the clinician survey. The consensus meeting produced the final 10 consumer research priorities. Conclusion This study has given Australian consumers the opportunity to shape the anesthesia and perioperative medicine research agenda for pediatric patients both nationally and internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Anesthesia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


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