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James Lind Alliance (JLA)

The James Lind Alliance is an initiative which runs ‘Priority Setting Partnerships’.

These are exercises where patients, carers and clinicians decide on the Top 10 questions they want answered in particular research areas.

The JLA method, described in the JLA Guidebook, is designed to change the way research funding is granted.

It aims to raise awareness of research questions which are of direct relevance, and potential benefit, to patients and the clinicians who treat them.



A journal is a collection of articles that is published regularly throughout the year.

Journals present the most recent research, and journal articles are written by experts, for experts.

Each journal usually specialises in one particular topic area.