Priority Setting Plans 2019

What is prioritisation?
Prioritisation is the process by which items or activities are arranged in order of importance relative to each other.
Why do we need to prioritise?
Cochrane Stroke has over 200 published reviews to keep up-to-date and up to 20 new reviews in development at any one time, which is a significant amount of work for the Editorial and review author teams. Therefore, it is important to prioritise these reviews to ensure that we use our limited, publically-funded resources to focus on those topics that are most important to stakeholders (patients, carers, service planners, healthcare professionals).
What we have done so far
For a number of years Cochrane Stroke has run an ongoing priority-setting process. This involved the members of the International Editorial Board ranking all review titles as 'high', 'medium', or 'low' priority. This process was supplemented with information about:
Our plan for future prioritisation
In October 2018, Cochrane published guidance on embedding prioritisation within each of its Cochrane groups. In response to this guidance, Cochrane Stroke has the following action plan.
  • Governance: we already have an established contact group in our multidisciplinary International Editorial Board but also plan to access input from other external stakeholders through the James Lind Alliance Stroke Priority Setting Process (see below).
  • Stakeholder engagement: we plan to engage with a wider group of stakeholders by: 
    1. contributing to the planned James Lind Alliance Stroke Priority Setting Process that is being led by the Stroke Association (UK). The James Lind Alliance Stroke Priority Setting Process will follow the standard approach to stakeholder engagement and communication (
    2. engaging with the main producers of stroke clinical practice guidelines to ensure our content matches that of guideline groups.
  • Documentation and dissemination: we intend to develop our priority-setting plan by providing more formal details of our stakeholder engagement process. This will be disseminated through our website and the Database Of Research In Stroke: DORIS (
  • We will publish a list of priority topics on our website, particularly those that are priorities for regular updating.
  • We will ensure that priority reviews are promoted on publication using the accepted Cochrane Knowledge Translation approach.
  • Timeframe: the priority setting exercise will be repeated at regular intervals. Editorial Board review is expected to take place on an annual basis with more extensive external stakeholder review carried out every three years.