Table 2:

Summary of process and outputs of the Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting Project for determining top 11 depression research questions

  • 14-member Steering Committee formed

Step 1: Data gathering (participant online and paper survey), August–December 2016
  • 445 respondents (from Alberta only)

  • 1270 questions and comments on depression received

Step 2: Question analysis and review (Steering Committee), August–December 2016
  • 350 questions removed that were submitted by participants residing outside Alberta from how many respondents?

  • 724 questions removed owing to duplication

  • 196 questions reformulated into PICO (population, intervention, comparator, outcome) research question format14 and refined (e.g., removed jargon)

  • Short list of 66 research questions across 7 categories went forward for final priority setting (in order: diagnosis and treatment; society, culture and environment; medication, biology and physiology; child and youth; access, service, funding and policy; training and education; and family and behaviour)

Step 3: Question rating (participant online survey), 1 wk in June 2017
  • 49 participants rated 66 research questions (through online survey)

  • 25 medium- to high-priority questions (most commonly asked) identified

Step 4: Question prioritization (in-person participant workshop), 1 d in June 2017
  • 20 participants prioritized 11 research questions (3 facilitators, 3 Patient Engagement Platform members and 2 observers attended and supported workshop but did not participate in ranking)

  • 14 remaining questions not selected in the top 11 were deemed worthy of consideration for future depression research

Step 5: Knowledge synthesis (Patient Engagement Platform and knowledge translation), July–October 2017
  • 25 rapid reviews of depression research questions conducted

Step 6: Knowledge translation (Patient Engagement Platform and knowledge translation), November 2017–January 2018 and ongoing
  • Dissemination and knowledge mobilization opportunities

  • Public report16 launched to media January 2018