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Core outcome measures for randomised controlled trials and Cochrane reviews

Topic category Other topics
Date and Location
Date: 
Friday 21 October 2011 - 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Elizabeth Gargon (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Paula
Last name: 
Williamson
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Liverpool, UK
First name: 
Elizabeth
Last name: 
Gargon
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Liverpool, UK
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Rosalind
Last name: 
Smyth
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Liverpool, UK
First name: 
Ian
Last name: 
Sinha
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Liverpool, UK
First name: 
Jane
Last name: 
Blazeby
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Bristol, UK
First name: 
Doug
Last name: 
Altman
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Oxford, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors, review editors, consumers, statisticians, methodologists, trialists
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
Ill health and treatments can affect people in different ways, making it difficult to select the most appropriate outcomes for research. The development of standardised core outcome sets for all trials of effectiveness in a particular condition would make this easier. This workshop will explore these issues and the notion of standardised core outcome sets.

Description:
This workshop will comprise a mixture of presentations and participant discussion. A presentation will set the scene for several key issues and the participants will then be given specific Cochrane reviews to look at. They will work in groups to identify examples of non-standardised selection, measurement and reporting of outcomes, and to discuss problems this may cause for authors of systematic reviews. Subsequent presentations and group discussion will focus on existing work to design core outcome sets for clinical trials, and to identify outcomes of most importance to patients, families and carers. Participants will discuss how similar research could identify appropriate outcomes for Cochrane reviews, and how core outcome sets can be used to help authors present their findings clearly and succinctly, such as within the Summary of Findings table.