BOFAS are forming a partnership involving patients, carers, charities, healthcare professionals and researchers to find out what is important in foot and ankle research for the most important people – those affected by foot and ankle problems. Help us by completing our survey, promoting this research and sharing the results.
The importance of involving those directly affected by a condition in identifying research priorities to ensure the findings are relevant is increasingly being recognised. The aim of this project is determine a ‘top ten’ list of research priorities for patients with foot and ankle problems.
BOFAS and the James Lind Alliance are working together to establish a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) following the methods set out by the James Lind Alliance
The steering group includes those affected by foot and ankle problems including patients, carers and clinicians involved directly in care of patients with problems in the foot or ankle. An initial online survey will determine what the priorities for foot and ankle research should be. The members of the steering group will promote the survey through their ‘wider partner networks’ which include patient groups, healthcare clinics and through relevant websites.
The survey results will be checked against what is already known about treatment of foot and ankle conditions to see where there are gaps in knowledge. Priorities will then be sorted to generate a short list for discussion at a final workshop where a ‘Top 10’ priority list will be agreed. These priorities will be used by researchers to apply for funding to undertake projects which could improve care for patients with foot and ankle problems in the future.
The scope of the Foot & Ankle Surgery PSP is defined as:
• Surgical treatments and injections for the treatment of foot & ankle conditions and injuries in adults (over 18 years)
• Post surgical rehabilitation or injection aftercare.