Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials

Development of a Core Outcome Set for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

General Information

Summary:
The comparison between studies assessing outcomes following the surgical treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS) has proven to be difficult due to variations in outcome reporting. This study aims to identify an exhaustive list of outcomes and outcome measures used to evaluate postoperative results for CuTS. The identified list of outcomes will then be used for the develop a core outcome set (COS).

To create the COS, we will use the Delphi Process, an iterative survey-based method using various stakeholder groups. Our stakeholders will include patients, surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists. We will conclude with a final consensus meeting, whereby an agreement of 70% must be met for the item to appear on the Core Outcome Set.

Contributors:
Lucas Gallo (1), Matteo Gallo(2), Daniel Waltho (3), Charmaine Baxter (3), Marta Karpinski (2), Sadek Mowakket (2), Achilles Thoma* (3,4,5)

1. Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University
2. Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster
3. Division of plastic surgery, McMaster
4. Department of health research methods, evidence and impact, McMaster
5. Surgical Outcome Research Centre, McMaster
*Principal Investigator

Further Study Information

Current Stage:
Ongoing
Date:
2017 - 2019
Funding source(s):
None

Health Area

Disease Category
Neurology

Disease Name
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Target Population

Age Range
18 - 100

Sex
Either


Nature / type of Intervention
Surgery

Method(s)

Consensus meeting
Delphi process
Interview
Systematic review

A systematic review was conducted to identify an exhaustive list of outcomes and outcome measures in CuTS. The identified list of outcomes will then be used a starting point for the development of the COS.

To create the COS, we will use the Delphi Process, an iterative survey-based method using various stakeholder groups. Our stakeholders will include patients, surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists. We will conclude with a final consensus meeting, whereby an agreement of 70% must be met for the item to appear on the Core Outcome Set.


Stakeholders Involved

Clinical experts
Consumers (patients)
Epidemiologists
Researchers
Statisticians

Study Type

COS for clinical trials or clinical research
COS for practice

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