We are delighted to release the results from the ACPGBI’s modified Delphi exercise. This important work will set the research agenda for our Association and help the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, who supported the exercise, to prioritise areas for future funding. Over 500 questions were submitted in round one. ACPGBI members subsequently cast more than 400 votes in the second and third rounds to define our top 25 research questions. Of these, 15 relate to the treatment of bowel cancer while 10 relate to diverse topics including benign disease, surgical technique and clinical governance.
The results will be published in the December issue of Colorectal Disease and are currently available electronically ahead of publication, citation Tiernan et al, Colorectal Dis. Oct 5. doi: 10.1111/codi.12790. We are most grateful to the Editor for allowing us to include the results.
What next? The ACPGBI, BDRF and RCS, together with patient groups, wish to develop a co-ordinated strategy to evolve and implement the Delphi research agenda. In the first instance we would like to hear from individuals or groups who wish to participate in answering any of these questions. We are now seeking Delphi Champions. These Champions will be invited to attend the Delphi Games in spring 2015, a series of themed meetings that will bring together clinicians, methodologists, patients and funders to develop our trials strategy.
The ACPGBI has agreed to provide a start-up fund to help groups grow. Additional resources are available through the RCS .
Closing date for expressions of interest is 15 December 2014.