Setting priorities for HTN reviews

Cochrane Hypertension priority-setting process

As a member of the Cochrane Circulation & Breathing Network, we are currently undertaking an exercise to identify those of our reviews which should prioritised for publication and updating as core titles within our portfolio.  

Benefits & rationale

The priority-setting exercises are designed to confirm that we are focussing our efforts on reviews which have been cited by our stakeholders (patients, carers, clinicians, and researchers) as being of the highest importance.  

Cochrane Hypertension editorial and author teams are experiencing increasing workloads, sometimes resulting in publication delays.  Creating a portfolio of core titles will enable us to publish the highest priority titles in a more timely manner, ensuring that we are maintaining high quality and making the best use of our publically funded resources for the benefit of people making decisions about their healthcare.  

Steering Group members

  • James (Jim) M Wright 
  • Balraj (Benji) Heran 
  • Ciprian Jauca
  • Carole Lunny 
  • Douglas M Salzwedel
  • Sara Tasnim

The priority-setting exercises are designed to confirm that we are focussing our efforts on reviews which have been cited by our stakeholders (patients, carers, clinicians, and researchers) as being of the highest importance and that we are compliant with Cochrane requirements for priority-setting.

Cochrane Hypertension editorial and author teams are experiencing increasing workloads, sometimes resulting in publication delays.  Creating a portfolio of core titles will enable us to publish the highest priority titles in a more timely manner, ensuring that we are maintaining high quality and making the best use of our publically funded resources for the benefit of people making decisions about their healthcare.  

Phase 1: 

We mapped existing Cochrane Hypertension review titles to the top ten priorities identified by the Hypertension Canada Priority Setting Partnership Group (HCPSPG), which used the James Lind Alliance priority setting process. This process is recognized by the Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Group.  From this mapping, the Priority-Setting Steering Group has selected a preliminary set of reviews to submit to Cochrane's priority reviews list.

Phase 2:

  1. We are undertaking a bilingual (English/Spanish) social media engagement campaign (#AskCochraneHTN) to solicit additional priorities from patients and other stakeholders via an online questionnaire.  This phase of our priority setting exercise is is inspired by our Cochrane Heart colleagues, who ran an online engagement campaign for their stakeholders in late 2016. 
  2. Respondents to the questionnaire may provide input on both their own priorities as well as those identified by the HCPSPG.
  3. Our phase 1 priorities will be revised as necessary based upon results of the engagement campaign in order to create a updated portfolio of priority review titles.
  4. The updated review titles will be published on this page and submitted to Cochrane's priority reviews list for their consideration.

Phase 3:

  1. Cochrane Hypertension will conduct a consultation event for patients, at which time we will solicit input on our initial priority titles and revise them as necessary to ensure that our priority titles align with priority topics identified in the earlier phases of our priority-setting exercise.
  2. Priority topics and titles will be revisited periodically as we continue to engage with our stakeholders