Work package 8

Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication

Leader: Dr. Gary Randall (until 2020) / Arlene Wilkie
Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE)

Main objectives

The main objective is to disseminate and exploit the results generated in PRECIOUS in the most efficient ways by:

Raise public and scientific awareness of the project and treatment of acute stroke in the elderly

Facilitate networking and mutual communication both to the scientific community and the general public

Reach all potential clinical, scientific, and non-scientific audiences groups

Ensure efficient exploitation of the project results

Provide accurate and reliable results to inform evidence-based recommendations by national and European stroke guideline committees

Provide health-economic evaluations to governmental bodies and policy makers

Description of the tasks

This WP disseminated information about the trial’s treatment of the common complications of stroke. The trial was described to a largely scientific audience, but the wider public, such as patient groups and all relevant stakeholders were also informed about the trial progress.

Specific strands of work addressed:

Dissemination – multiple activities covering newsletter, website, scientific papers and other media production, along with increasing awareness of the trial details and results by engagement with various audiences at workshops, conferences and public events.

Exploitation – the major exploitable output is the influence PRECIOUS will have on stroke treatment guidelines in each country represented in the consortium. All lead partners per country were able to provide governmental bodies and policy makers with data on the cost-effectiveness of treatment. Our hope is that if PRECIOUS demonstrated the benefit of one or more of the treatments tested, clinicians across Europe can decide to incorporate these into clinical practice immediately because the three drugs tested in PRECIOUS are off-patent, cheap, and already generally available.

Communication – this task developed a strong project identity for PRECIOUS, primarily to underpin good public relations of the trial but also to encourage cohesion amongst project partners. Central to this was the public-friendly project website, supplemented by other social media channels and a standardized design style for all project outputs.

PRECIOUS: List of Work Packages

WP 1: Trial Management

WP 2: Outcome Adjudication

WP 3: Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

WP 4: Monitoring

WP 5: Health Economics

WP 6: Safety Monitoring

WP 7: Statistical Analysis

WP 8: Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication

WP 9: Project Management