The aim of this final stage of the priority setting process is to prioritise through consensus the identified uncertainties. This will be carried out by members of the Steering Group and the wider partnership that represents patients, carers, clinicians and health and social care professionals.
In the interim stage we will proceed from a long list of uncertainties to a shorter list (e.g. up to 20). This may be carried by an online survey where the organisations consult their membership and choose and rank their most important uncertainties.
The final stage, to reach a shortlist of prioritised uncertainties to present to the research community, is likely to be conducted in a face-to-face meeting, using group discussions and plenary sessions. The James Lind Alliance will facilitate this and ensure fairness.