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James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships

The role of each James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is to enable patients, carers and health and social care professionals to identify research questions, and then to prioritise these.

Each PSP thus consists of patients/carers, health and social care professionals and members of groups that represent all their interests.

PSPs are led by a steering group with an independent chair called a JLA adviser. Collaboration of this sort, where patients, clinicians and social care professionals together set the research agenda, is extremely rare, but vital.

After a nationwide survey to gather research questions has been done, usually over about three months, an interim priority-setting exercise takes place by email or by post, and a final priority-setting workshop held where partners debate and finally arrive at a top ten list of shared uncertainties which are most important to them.

The aim is then to 'translate' these uncertainties into research questions in order to set the national research agenda, and provide researchers and research funders with the research questions that most pressingly need to be addressed.

For more information please see also the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre website:

Please use the navigation links and the links to the external sites below to view information about specific PSPs which are being led from within the Oxford University Hospitals, in conjunction with the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and/or Biomedical Research Unit.