Why the JLA method?

The JLA is pioneering in involving both patients and clinicians equally in setting priorities for research.  The JLA method is designed to raise awareness of research questions which are of direct relevance and potential benefit to patients and the clinicians who treat them, with the aim of leading to changes in the way research funding is granted.  It is a tried-and-tested method which has been used in PSPs since the first one in Asthma which was completed in 2007.

The most positive long-term outcome for any JLA PSP will be that research into one or more of the uncertainties it identifies is commissioned, and that this goes on to have a life-changing impact on the treatment available to patients and the way in which clinicians can deliver this. 

What are the principles of the JLA?

The JLA priority setting method is flexible and responsive to the needs and contexts of different groups, while maintaining the following integral features across JLA PSPs:

  • the principle of inclusivity, with patients, carers and clinicians working together as equal partners
  • methodological transparency
  • the declaration of interests
  • a commitment to using and contributing to the evidence base.

Each JLA PSP signs up to a protocol (docx, 59.65 KB) describing its process and intentions.  This provides clarity about the nature of the work undertaken by each member of the PSP and describes the underpinning principles to be observed by partners.

The JLA method is continuously evolving. As evidence of new approaches and good practice emerge, the Guidebook will be updated.