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Defining ‘successful treatment’ for a child with a surgical condition

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What is the project?

A collaboration of British researchers, led from the University of Oxford, and Children’s Surgeons from around the UK, are looking for healthcare professionals regularly caring for children with surgical conditions, to help define what successful treatment is for a range of conditions. Our aim is to develop a common outcome measure that indicates how successful treatment has been, and that can be used across a range of conditions. By treatment we mean the overall course of treatment provided, not just any operative procedure(s) that a child may have had.

Who can take part?

It is important that we get the views of the full range of doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals who care for children with surgical conditions; We are therefore asking everyone who cares for children with surgical conditions to take part, regardless of their specialty or grade and would greatly appreciate your help. We will also be asking parents of children treated for a surgical condition, and adults treated for a surgical condition when they were a child to take part. We are looking for about 200 healthcare professionals so please share these details with your colleagues in any relevant specialty.

What will I have to do?

You will be asked to answer a series of questions in an online survey that will help us understand what is important when considering how to define successful treatment. Overall, this will take less than 15 minutes.

Who is funding and supporting the project?

This project is part of a research project – the Children’s Surgery Outcome Reporting (C-SOR) project, the overall objective of which is to identify ways of improving outcomes for children with surgical conditions. This is your opportunity to help shape how the successful treatment of children with a surgical condition can be measured! The C-SOR project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and supported by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Research Committee.

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