This page sets out how the RCOG’s Research Committee prioritises research proposals from Clinical Study Groups (CSGs).
The Research Committee is guided by the following principles:
- The final proposals will represent current and timely priorities for women’s health research
- Each prioritised proposal must have a possibility of improving the health of women receiving NHS care in the UK
- The proposals must be feasible and represent good value for money for public investment in research
- Where possible, there should be a spread of proposals representing the range of women’s health issues
The Research Committee uses these criteria to decide which proposals have high priority:
Importance of the condition (burden of disease)
- If effective, number of cases prevented/severity decreased (duration of impact, impact on mortality/quality of life)
Importance of intervention
- Potential impact of intervention
- Substantial potential to improve health?
- Realistic – how long until benefits could be realised?
- Value for money?
Benefits in terms of reduced uncertainty
- Outcomes for patients and carers
- Outcomes for clinicians
- Cost-effectiveness for the NHS
Other factors could include social or ethical concerns.