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Measures of pain and function in Summary of Finding Tables

Topic category Editorial processes and supporting review authors
Date and Location
Date: 
Thursday 20 October 2011 - 14:00 - 15:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Peter Tugwell (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Chris
Last name: 
Ecclestone
Affiliation and Country: 
Pain and Palliative Support Group, UK
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Peter
Last name: 
Tugwell
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, Canada
First name: 
Holger
Last name: 
Schunemann
Affiliation and Country: 
McMaster University, Canada
First name: 
Michael
Last name: 
Lunn
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Review Group, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Co-ordinating Editors, Editors, Managing editors, Authors
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Advanced
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
Discuss common set of outcomes for shared health problems between Cochrane Review Groups.
Description:
The PAPAS, Musculoskeletal (CMSG) and Neuromuscular Disease Review Groups met in Keystone to discuss the possibility of agreeing on the measures of pain and function in Summary of Finding Tables. This arises especially when two CRGs have reviews in the same condition eg for CMSG and PAPAS both have reviews in fibromyalgia and regional pain syndromes. Likewise the Neuromuscular Disease and PAPAS have reviews that address chronic pain such as polyneuropathies of diabetic and other causes.

In conjunction with the Cochrane Patient-Reported-Outcomes and Applicability Methods Groups, we will explore the different strategies used so far to show the outcomes. We will discuss strategies to be able to provide our best estimate of the combining all the studies that measure the same attribute and present this back to the reader converting the SMD back into the clinical units of the patient important outcome.

We will use some examples of default core outcomes for different conditions, as well as a draft ‘hierarchy’ of pain scales designed to use for combining the SMDs of different scales.