Figure 3 outlines the 10-step process steps of this future research needs project. First, evidence gaps were identified through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center EPC CER. The literature search was updated and clinicaltrials.gov was searched to identify any ongoing research studies that might address the research needs. Next, stakeholders were identified and through an iterative process the gaps were shared with and refined by these stakeholders. A group of eight stakeholders (Stakeholder Panel (SP)) representing diverse perspectives was formed; this group prioritized the refined research needs and generated research questions. Needs were prioritized through the Web using the SurveyMonkey® Web site. Finally, the exploration of various research designs was conducted by the EPC. The details are described in the text.

Figure 3Process flow diagram for PCA3 FRN project

Abbreviations: EHC = effective health care; EPC = Evidence-based Practice Center

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