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A Core Outcome Set for the treatment of acute uncomplicated appendicitis in children
To UK Specialist Paediatric Surgeons and General Surgeons who treat children with appendicitis
We are part of a research group investigating the treatment of appendicitis in children and in particular the role of non-operative treatment of appendicitis. As part of our work we will be developing a core outcome set for the treatment of appendicitis in children.
What is a core outcome set?
A problem in research is that different studies measure different outcomes. This can make it hard to compare studies with one another, and impossible to combine results using meta-analysis. Another problem is that outcomes reported in a study are sometimes not considered that important or meaningful to people who make treatment decisions, to patients or to carers. To resolve these problems, a core outcome set (COS) can be created. A COS is a short list of outcomes which should then be measured and reported in all research in a specific clinical area. It could be used in clinical audit too. Researchers would not be limited to measuring just these outcomes, they could also measure other things they are particularly interested in. However, the idea is that all studies would always measure the outcomes in COS.
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