Research

Full report identifying priorities for future alcohol-related liver disease research published

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) has published the full report of its Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) identifying priorities for future research into alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD).

The NIHR highlighted the importance of ARLD when it jointly funded the JLA's PSP with the BSG. Now the JLA has released the full details in the report. It includes the list of top 10 research priorities and the remaining unanswered questions that patients, carers and health professionals taking part in the PSP said concerned them the most - both of which were published last year.

But it also explains the process that was followed to reach the agreed list of research priorities and includes more information on the types of people who responded to the survey.

ARLD is the most common type of death caused by alcohol in England - accounting for two-thirds of alcohol-related deaths in 2011 - causing 4,441 (64%) of drink-related fatalities. The disease is the second highest cause of years of life lost in young men and of 65% and 62% of male and female alcohol-related deaths respectively - most among those aged 50-59.

BSG chief executive Richard Gardner said: "The British Society of Gastroenterology is delighted to have supported such an important piece of work with our colleagues at JLA and NIHR.

"ARLD is an area of significant unmet patient need where outcomes are far below what we would like to see.

"Identifying the key research questions in this important area was a priority for the Society and we are hopeful that the high quality research questions identified will lead to funding to support new innovations and improvements for patients with ARLD."