Development of a core outcomes set to standardise reporting in endometrial cancer

The benefits of core outcomes are particularly relevant for cancer which is an area of ongoing large investment into research, and is a specialty where clinical practice is constantly evolving, so that using a standardised list of outcomes in research will allow comparison of different interventions.

Recognised methodology, which engages all key stakeholders (clinicians, patients and their associates, charities), will be used to develop the COS. Systematic reviews of the literature and workshops with stakeholders will be conducted to identify potential core outcomes. A Delphi survey will then be used to reach consensus regarding outcomes to be included in the core set, which will be subsequently refined through fact-to-face consensus discussions.

Contributors

Dr Natalie A.M. Cooper, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Carol Rivas, University of Southampton
Dr Ranjit Manchanda, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Elly Brockbank, Barts Health NHS Trust
Professor P Sasieni, Queen Mary University of London
(PI) Professor Khalid Khan, Queen Mary University of London

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: April 2017 - 2020
Funding source(s): Cancer Research UK


Health Area

Disease Category: Cancer

Disease Name: Endometrial Cancer

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 99

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- Charities
- Clinical experts
- Conference participants
- Consumers (caregivers)
- Consumers (patients)
- Epidemiologists
- Families
- Patient/ support group representatives
- Researchers
- Service providers
- Service users

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research

Method(s)

- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Interview
- Literature review
- Semi structured discussion
- Survey
- Systematic review

Endometrial cancer affects women however the effects of these diagnoses can affect a whole family and particularly the patient’s partner, therefore we will ensure that their opinions are considered during development of the core outcome set by including them as participants in the workshops.

Methodology which engages all key stakeholders (clinicians, patients, researchers, charities) will be used to develop the core outcome set. Systematic reviews of the literature and patient workshops will be conducted to identify potential core outcomes. A Delphi survey of all relevant stakeholders will then be used to reach consensus regarding outcomes to be included in the core set, which will be subsequently refined through fact-to-face consensus discussions. The final core outcome sets will be disseminated via publication.

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