Who should take part?

Those eligible to take part in a JLA priority setting workshop must have personal or professional experience of the condition in question:

  • Patients or carers with direct experience of the health condition being discussed, or representatives from patient support groups, patient charities etc
  • Clinicians – a balance of appropriate clinicians for the health condition being discussed e.g. specialist nurses, consultants or senior registrars, paediatricians, GPs, surgeons, physiotherapists, dietitians, advice line nurses, speech therapists etc.

It is recommended that a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 30 are recruited.

When planning the workshop, the Steering Group should identify the types of professional and patient participants that should be present and aim to recruit a diverse range.  However, the JLA considers achieving a balance of clinical and patient viewpoints more important than the representativeness of each participant.  This is important, because most examples of priority setting show “clinicians are more involved than patients in the whole process” 7.  Participants are encouraged to share biographical information about themselves and their perspectives of the condition under discussion before the workshop in a Declaration of Interests document which is summarised and given to all workshop participants on the day. 

Clinicians with research interests as part of their role may take part in the final priority setting workshop, as long as they also treat patients and are currently clinically active.


7. Stewart R and Oliver S (2008) A systematic map of studies of patients' and clinicians' research priorities. London: James Lind Alliance (pdf, 586.11 KB)