Core outcome sets represent the minimum outcomes as well as outcome measures that should be evaluated and reported in research and audit including clinical trials as well as other studies.
The development and establishment of core outcome sets does not mean that research outcomes should be restricted to the particular core outcome set. While research can and should investigate other outcomes, the core outcomes set that will be reported, will allow comparisons of outcomes as well as robust systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
- For the development of core outcome sets in urogynaecology, an international steering group including healthcare professionals, researchers, and patients, is currently being formed.
- Potential outcomes have been identified through comprehensive literature reviews. Multiple systematic reviews are currently being undertaken and published as part of this process.
- International, multi-perspective online Delphi surveys will be undertaken.
- All key stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, researchers, and patients will be invited to participate and work towards consensus ‘core’ outcomes.
- High quality outcome measures will be associated with core outcomes.
- Dissemination and implementation of the core outcome sets within an international context will be the endpoint of the core outcome set development process.
- Our Core Outcome Set development plan for pelvic floor disorders has been registered with COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET registration number 981, http://www.comet-initiative.org/studies/details/981)