Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)

Shape the future of pancreatitis research


The Pancreatitis PSP will ignite true and lasting change for families affected by pancreatitis in the UK & Republic of Ireland. 



The future – pancreatitis research

Your Top 10 Research Priorities for pancreatitis in the UK and Republic of Ireland!

At the beginning of 2021, Guts UK started the process of identifying the 10 research priorities for pancreatitis in the UK. It was important to us that patients, their families, carers and healthcare professionals decided this top 10 together, with equal voices. Now, in November 2022, we are delighted to  announce your Top 10 Research Priorities for acute and chronic pancreatitis, in both children and adults.


We’d like to thank you most sincerely for your input throughout. Almost 800 of you submitted over 1,700 questions that you wanted research to answer.  Your input has changed the future of pancreatitis research in the UK. Thank you for starting us on the path towards true and lasting change for pancreatitis patients in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  This would not have been possible without you.

For more information about the project visit the Guts UK website 

Pancreatitis Priority Setting Partnership 

Top 10 Priority Questions  


1  Are there better ways to treat and manage acute and long-term pancreatitis pain, for example using non-opioid (painkillers) drugs? 

2  What can be done to prevent pancreatitis becoming worse, and to stop or reverse the damage to the pancreas? 

3  Are there better ways to reduce inflammation in people with pancreatitis, both in the pancreas and the rest of the body? 

4  How can pancreatitis be diagnosed more quickly and accurately, especially on admission to hospital? 

5  How can people with pancreatitis be helped to manage their condition post-diagnosis (after being diagnosed) e.g. by giving information about diet, medication and lifestyle changes? 

6  Are there better ways to treat and manage flare-ups (when symptoms get worse) in people with chronic pancreatitis? 

7  Can gene therapy (altering genes inside the body’s cells) be used to treat people with pancreatitis? 

8  How can multiple organ failure be prevented in those people with pancreatitis who become seriously ill? How can the care of those people with multiple organ failure be improved? 

9  How can pancreatic cancer be diagnosed earlier in people with pancreatitis? 

10  What are the psychological (mental and emotional) impacts of pancreatitis? What are the best ways to treat and support people (both young people and adults) with pancreatitis who experience mental health problems? 

For more information about the project visit the Guts UK website