Development standards of pediatric core outcome sets: A methodological review

Core Outcome Sets (COS) are standard sets of outcomes that represent the minimum set that should be measured and reported in specific health conditions. Published in 2017, the Core Outcome Set-STAndards for Development (COS-STAD) provides the minimum design recommendations for COS development. Most available pediatric COS were published prior to the introduction of the COS-STAD. The aim of this study is to systematically assess the design of pediatric COS in order to (i) provide a baseline of pediatric COS methodological standards and (ii) provide recommendations for the updating and/or development of pediatric COS.

Contributors

Principal Investigators:
Nancy J. Butcher, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Martin Offringa, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research Team:
Katherine Goren, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (Medical Student)
Andrea Monsour, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Emma Stallwood, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: June 2020 - December 2020
Funding source(s): None


Health Area

Disease Category: Child health

Disease Name: N/A

Target Population

Age Range: 0 - 18

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- None

Study Type

- COS methods research

Method(s)

- Systematic review
- Literature review

Two groups of two reviewers will independently and in duplicate assess each COS against the 11 COS-STAD standards (12 criteria). Pediatric COS published prior to 2017 identified via systematic reviews performed by the COMET Initiative and supplementary searching will be eligible for inclusion. Percentages will be used to describe the frequency of studies meeting each COS-STAD standard.

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