Prioritisation project for ‘Optimising care, diagnosis and treatment pathways to ensure cost effectiveness and best practice in gynaecological cancer: improving the evidence for the NHS’ – NIHR Cochrane Collaboration Programme Grant

What was the aim of the project? The project aimed to improve patient care by preparing systematic reviews in gynae-oncology, by identifying the likelihood of significant benefit to the NHS and patients, focusing on implications for the further development of clinical or public health practice as well as potentially impact on local policy-making and improvement in service delivery.

Who led the project? The project was led by the then Co-ordinating Editor for the Group, Chris Williams, along with six of the Group Contact Editors, including the now Co-ordinating Editor Jo Morrison, and Statistical/Methodological Editor as well as the Managing Editors for the group: Clare Jess and Gail Quinn.

When did it take place? The project took place in 2011 to 2014.

How was it funded? It was funded as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant Scheme (10/4001/12).

What did we do? We emailed stakeholders (Cancer Networks, The British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS), The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG),  National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses (NFGON), Ovacome, Jo’s Trust, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) , Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and National Health Service (NHS) Programme Directors) and asked them to identify their top five priority topics. Once overlap to current review titles and duplicates had been removed the list of new suggested priority topics was  circulated to the stakeholders and Group Editors to score and select the final 16 new review topics. The priority review updates were selected using the impact and access data from the publishers of the Cochrane Library, Wiley. In total 14 new reviews and 13 updates were completed as part of this NIHR Programme Grant.

What topics were found to be priority? The list of reviews completed based on priority topics from this exercise can be found here, including links to the reviews on the Cochrane Library.