We have developed several animations to help us with our research, take a look at some examples below.

Making Sense of Consensus Meetings. These meetings bring together different people, such as healthcare professionals, academics and patients, to discuss and agree on a topic of mutual interest. They make research outputs more robust because they incorporate and reflect a wide range of opinions. The aim is to find common ground on which all participants agree.

The Sunflower study is a UK-wide RCT looking to determine whether testing for common bile duct (CBD) stones before gallbladder surgery is effective or not in patients at low or moderate risk of CBD stones. This is an informative study animation for participating clinicians and healthcare professionals.
 

Definition of an invasive procedure: There is currently no widely accepted definition of an invasive procedure and the terms ‘surgery’ and ‘interventional procedure’ are characterised inconsistently. Our animation describes work we have done to propose a comprehensive definition for invasive procedures which addresses the limitations of those currently available.

Optimising blinding or masking of participants in a surgical trial: Blinding of study participants and personnel involved in a surgical RCT is often perceived to be challenging. Our informative video showcases a real-life example of how it is possible to blind study participants in a multicentre RCT of minimally invasive or open surgery for oesophageal cancer. 

Core Outcome Set for Burns Care Research (COSB): Decision-making for burns care can be challenging. Watch our animation to discover how an agreed set of the most important outcomes to measure and report in randomised controlled trials in burn care will facilitate effective evidence synthesis to support clinical decision-making.

 

Making Sense of Consensus Meetings

Researchers and medical professionals may not have first-hand experience of an illness, disease or service that they wish to research. Therefore public involvement representatives can provide invaluable insights into what it is like to live with a particular illness, and what it is like to be the recipient of a treatment or health service. Such insights can help to ensure our research is relevant to the needs of patients, carers and service recipients

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The Sunflower Study

 

The Sunflower Study is a randomised controlled trial to establish the cost effectiveness of expectant management versus pre-operative imaging with magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in patients with symptomatic gallstones undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy at low or moderate risk of common bile duct stones.

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Definition of an invasive procedure

Worldwide there are at least 230 million invasive procedures performed annually and most of us will undergo several in our lifetime. There is therefore a need for high-quality evidence to underpin this clinical area. Currently, however, there is no widely accepted definition of an invasive procedure and the terms ‘surgery’ and ‘interventional procedure’ are characterised inconsistently. We propose a definition for invasive procedures which addresses the limitations of those currently available. 

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Optimising blinding or masking of participants in a surgical trial.

The feasibility of a randomized controlled trial of esophagectomy for esophageal cancer - the ROMIO (Randomized Oesophagectomy: Minimally Invasive or Open) study: protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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Comparing open and minimally invasive surgical procedures for oesphagectomy in the treatment of cancer: the ROMIO (Randomized Oesophagectomy: Minimally Invasive or Open) feasibility study and pilot trial.

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Core Outcome Set Burns Research (COSB)

Agreement on what to measure in randomised controlled trials in burn care: study protocol for the development of a core outcome set.

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A short 'how to' animation describing study design, management and engaging surgical trainees in trials. Created by 'Jammond Makes'.

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