A core outcome set of gout treatment in traditional Chinese medicine

Objectives: This study aimed to reach consensus on the COS of core outcome set of gout treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.

Methods: A steering group of researchers and clinicians will guide the COS development. 6 stakeholder groups are involved: patients, Traditional Chinese medicine doctor, physician, nurses, research worker and drug regulatory authorities. A 1:1 ratio of patients: healthcare professionals are aimed for. The initial list of candidate items will be obtained by combining three data sets: (1) a systematic review of the literature, (2) gout patients who have received TCM treatment and (3) an online healthcare professional (HCP) item generation survey. To reach consensus on the COS, 3 anonymous online Delphi rounds are then planned together with 1 face-to-face consensus meetings.

Discussion: A COS in this field has the potential to allow fast-tracking recommendations for application in research and clinical practice.

Contributors

Ming Liu, Evidence Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University;
Ya Gao,Evidence Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University;
Yuan Yuan,Gansu University of Chinese Medicine;
Junhua Zhang,Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
Jinhui Tian,Evidence Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University.

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: December 2019 - June 2021
Funding source(s): None


Health Area

Disease Category: Rheumatology

Disease Name: Gout

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 120

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Conference participants
- Consumers (patients)
- Families
- Journal editors
- Methodologists
- Patient/ support group representatives
- Policy makers
- Researchers

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research
- COS for practice

Method(s)

- Consensus conference
- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Focus group(s)
- Interview
- Literature review
- Survey
- Systematic review

(1) Bulid the COS pool:a systematic review of the literature, gout patients who have received TCM treatment and an online healthcare professional (HCP) item generation survey;
(2) 3 anonymous online Delphi rounds;
(3) face-to-face consensus meetings.

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