Outcomes Important to Patients Public and Practitioners (OMIPPP): Breastfeeding

This project is an exploration in methods – grounded in the James Lind Alliance experience of collecting and prioritising treatment uncertainties from patients, carers and health professionals - for highlighting therapeutic outcomes for Cochrane systematic reviews that are important for patients, public and practitioners. This will be achieved via feasibility work, in three different clinical areas (three different Cochrane Review Groups) using three distinct methods. An evaluation of the utility of the prioritised outcomes for systematic reviews, the suitability of the method adopted (inc cost implications) and reflections from participants will be completed by spring 2015.

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Crowe Associates Ltd - Sally Crowe and Ann Daly
Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group - Frances Kellie, Managing Editor
Health Talk - Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford University - Louise Locock, Sue Kirkpatrick

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Completed
Date: May 2014 - April 2015
Funding source(s): UK Cochrane

Health Area

Disease Category: Pregnancy & childbirth

Disease Name: Breastfeeding

Target Population

Age Range: 18

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- Patient/ support group representatives
- Researchers

Study Type

- Recommendations made for systematic reviews


- Literature review
- Other
- Semi structured discussion

• Detailed re analysis of 49 transcripts from Health Talk Module in Pregnancy and Childbirth by researchers at the Health Experiences Research Group at Oxford University
• Literature search, published and via experts for accounts of women's experiences of breastfeeding
• Comparison and discussion (via a stakeholder meeting) with existing outcomes used in systematic reviews for breastfeeding
• Evaluation of method adopted and utility of outcomes for systematic reviews

Organisations representing breastfeeding; National Childbirth Trust, Breastfeeding Network, Cochrane Consumer Network
Pat Hoddinot - University of Stirling

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