This theme focuses on the development and efficient application of outcome measures to evaluate surgical interventions in clinical trials and audit.
Core outcome sets
The development of core outcome sets. Core outcome sets represent the minimum outcomes that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific condition. We are developing core sets for breast reconstruction and obesity surgery, and, oesophageal and colorectal cancer surgery.
Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)
The centre has led international work to develop and validate a portfolio of PROMS working closely with the EORTC Quality of Life Group to use in surgical oncology. More recently in collaboration with Dr Efficace (Italy) we have contributed to a study examining how the EORTC measures are used in RCTs in oncology. The PRO CONSORT extension has been developed and we are working closely with the University of Leeds to work out better methods for PRO data collection in RCTs and clinical practice.