Establishing UK research priorities in smell and taste disorders: A James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership

Carl M. Philpott, Andreas Espehana, Mairenn Garden, Ngan Ta, Nishita Gadi, Kala Kumaresan, Devina Maru, Lorenzo D. Stafford, Nina Bleasdale, Duncan Boak

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Objectives: To determine the top 10 research priorities in Smell and Taste Disorders (SATD). Design: After steering group was established, an electronic survey was disseminated to determine the list of questions. After removing out-of-scope responses, the remainder were consolidated to create summary questions. A literature search was conducted to remove already answered questions. A second survey was used to determine the top questions that formed the subject of final debate at a workshop attended by clinicians and patients to determine the top 10 priorities. Setting: A James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership (JLAPSP) was established by FifthSense to identify the top 10 research questions in SATDs in the United Kingdom. Participant: All stakeholders in SATDs (patients, healthcare professionals, family, carers, researchers). Main outcome measures: Final 10 research priorities. Results: The 665 respondents to the initial survey provided 1698 research questions. Thirteen were out-of-scope and removed; remaining 1685 were then consolidated to form 147 summary questions. Following literature search and discussion with the steering group, 37 questions remained for the second survey, which 235 people responded. The top ten priorities agreed upon in the workshop covered themes of improved understanding of pathophysiologlogy, improving health services, and managing long-term effects of smell/taste disorders. The most important research question agreed was “How can we further our understanding of the mechanism of disease in the nerve pathways that affect smell and taste disorders, including where parosmia and phantosmia exist.”. Conclusion: We report the top 10 research priorities in smell and taste disorders. These priorities will now empower researchers to secure research funding and provide the basis of the FifthSense research hub.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Issue number1
Early online date23 Sep 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • advocacy
  • anosmia
  • hyposmia
  • olfactory disorders
  • parosmia
  • phantosmia

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