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Data from: Identifying acne treatment uncertainties via a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership

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Layton, Alison M. et al. (2015). Data from: Identifying acne treatment uncertainties via a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership [Dataset]. Dryad.


Objectives: The Acne Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) was set up to identify and rank treatment uncertainties by bringing together people with acne and professionals providing care within and beyond the NHS. Setting: The UK with international participation. Participants: Teenagers and adults with acne, parents, partners, nurses, clinicians, pharmacists, private practitioners. Methods: Treatment uncertainties were collected via separate online harvesting surveys, embedded within the PSP website, for patients and professionals. A wide variety of approaches were used to promote the surveys to stakeholder groups with a particular emphasis on teenagers and young adults. Survey submissions were collated using keywords and verified as uncertainties by appraising existing evidence. The 30 most popular themes were ranked via weighted scores from an online vote. At a priority setting workshop, patients and professionals discussed the 18 highest-scoring questions from the vote and reached consensus on the top ten. Results: In the harvesting survey, 2,310 people including 652 professionals and 1,456 patients (58% aged 24 y or younger) made submissions containing at least one research question. After checking for relevance and rephrasing, a total of 6,255 questions were collated into themes. Valid votes ranking the 30 most common themes were obtained from 2,807 participants. The top ten uncertainties prioritised at the workshop were largely focused on management strategies, optimum use of common prescription medications and the role of non-drug based interventions. More female than male patients took part in the harvesting surveys and vote. A wider range of uncertainties were provided by patients compared to professionals. Conclusions: Engaging teenagers and young adults in priority setting is achievable using a variety of promotional methods. The top ten uncertainties reveal an extensive knowledge gap about widely used interventions and the relative merits of drug versus non-drug based treatments in acne management.

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United Kingdom