Blood Transfusion and Blood Donation

Blood Transfusion and Blood Donation

This PSP is finding out the views of patients, donors, relatives and clinicians to identify and prioritise the most pressing unanswered questions about the therapeutic use of red blood cells, platelets and plasma in patients of any age and in any hospital department.  It will do this across the whole clinical pathway from blood donation through to recovery from transfusion, including treatment strategies that provide alternatives to using blood. 

The PSP is funded by NHS Blood and Transplant, in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and began its work in October 2015.

The first survey from the PSP asked anyone with experience of blood transfusion or blood donation to submit their comments and questions, to help influence the research that is done in this area in future.  A list of unanswered questions was drawn up from the responses to the survey.

A second survey is now complete - patients, donors, relatives and clinicians have voted on the unanswered questions most important to them.  The next stage of this PSP is to discuss the list of questions that everyone thought were most important at a workshop in February 2018 attended by patients, donors, relatives and clinicians.  At the workshop, the Top 10 most important future research questions will be jointly agreed by all taking part.

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