1. What is the optimal management of patients with aortic aneurysm disease using individualised risk benefit ratios?
2. What causes aneurysms to grow and/or rupture?
3. Can we develop a test that could diagnose patients at risk of aortic aneurysm/dissection?
4. How do surgeons decide which treatment is best for aneurysms and are these decisions based on the latest evidence available?
5. What is the optimum medical therapy for patients with AAA to minimise expansion/rupture?
6. What causes an aneurysm or is associated with aneurysm formation and how can we prevent one developing?
7. What is the best way to monitor people after treatments to repair aneurysms to make sure they don’t develop problems with their repair?
8. How do we make aneurysm surgery safer and reduce the risk of complications?
9. How do we reduce the time it takes to recover from aortic operations?
10. Should siblings be screened for AAA when there is a family history of aneurysm?
The process of developing these 10 reserch priorities is outlined in an open-access peer reviewed paper published in the Journal of the Vascular Societies of Great Britain and Ireland:
Lawson JA, Bown MJ, Bicknell CD, Long J, Gronlund TA, on behalf of the VSGBI Aortic Special Interest Group/ James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Research priorities for aortic diseases: results of the James Lind Alliance/Vascular Society GBI priority setting exercise. J.Vasc.Soc.G.B.Irel. 2022;1(2):34-41. http://doi.org/10.54522/jvsgbi.2022.009
Colin Bicknell – Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Matt Bown – Vascular Surgeon
If you have an interest in the top 10 aortic priorities, you can contact the aortic SIG via Mr Colin Bicknell (email@example.com).