In order to mediate the contradiction between the high quantity and low quality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinical research, to avoid blind research and waste of resources, and to promote the benign development of TCM clinical research, we proposed carrying out health research priority setting on the TCM clinical research. This paper defined the main content of TCM clinical research and briefly introduced the research status of priority setting methods. We described a five-step process of the TCM priority setting research: setting the research scope and plan, establishing the working group, mapping the research field, identifying priority research areas, reporting, evaluating and updating the research. It is expected that this area will receive the attention of relevant researchers, policy makers and research funders.
Citation： ZHANG Xiaoyu, QIU Ruijin, LI Chengyu, SHANG Hongcai. Clinical research priority setting for traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 2019, 19(3): 373-376. doi: 10.7507/1672-2531.201811009 Copy