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Title: Developing a spinal cord injury research strategy using a structured process of evidence review and stakeholder dialogue. Part III: outcomes
Authors: Middleton, James W;Piccenna, L;Lindsay Gruen, R;Williams, S;Creasey, G;Dunlop, S;Brown, D;Batchelor, Peter Egerton;Berlowitz, David J;Coates, S;Dunn, JA;Furness, JB;Galea, MP;Geraghty, T;Kwon, BK;Urquhart, S;Yates, D;Bragge, P
Issue Date: Oct-2015
EDate: 2015-06-23
Citation: Spinal Cord 2015; 53(10): 729–737
Abstract: STUDY DESIGN: Focus Group. OBJECTIVES: To develop a unified, regional spinal cord injury (SCI) research strategy for Australia and New Zealand. SETTING: Australia. METHODS: A 1-day structured stakeholder dialogue was convened in 2013 in Melbourne, Australia, by the National Trauma Research Institute in collaboration with the SCI Network of Australia and New Zealand. Twenty-three experts participated, representing local and international research, clinical, consumer, advocacy, government policy and funding perspectives. Preparatory work synthesised evidence and articulated draft principles and options as a starting point for discussion. RESULTS: A regional SCI research strategy was proposed, whose objectives can be summarised under four themes. (1) Collaborative networks and strategic partnerships to increase efficiency, reduce duplication, build capacity and optimise research funding. (2) Research priority setting and coordination to manage competing studies. (3) Mechanisms for greater consumer engagement in research. (4) Resources and infrastructure to further develop SCI data registries, evaluate research translation and assess alignment of research strategy with stakeholder interests. These are consistent with contemporary international SCI research strategy development activities. CONCLUSION: This first step in a regional SCI research strategy has articulated objectives for further development by the wider SCI research community. The initiative has also reinforced the importance of coordinated, collective action in optimising outcomes following SCI.
DOI: 10.1038/sc.2015.87
ORCID: 0000-0003-2543-8722
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Biomedical Research
Research Design
Spinal Cord Injuries
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