Why setting priorities and why now
The UK has a growing population of people affected by cancer, yet the level of research relevant to people living with and beyond cancer is low in the UK. It is therefore important to carry out research to improve the quality of life of those affected by cancer. Towards the end of 2016 we have set up an initiative help increase the level of research in this area.
We have identified that undefined research priorities has been a barrier to research in this area. The 2015 NHS Independent Cancer Taskforce report also recommends defining research priorities on long-term patient needs and survivorship issues and to identify mechanisms that enable this research to happen. To address this research barrier NCRI is starting a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership exercise to identify research priorities that matter most to people affected by cancer and health and social care professionals.