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Improving Surgical Research by Involving Stakeholders

Peter C. Minneci, MD, MHSc1; Kristine M. Nacion, MPH1; Daniel L. Lodwick, MD, MS1; Jennifer N. Cooper, MS, PhD1; Katherine J. Deans, MD, MHSc1
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1Center for Surgical Outcomes Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):579-580. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4898.
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This study discusses the effect of stakeholder involvement in an ongoing randomized clinical trial of pediatric appendicitis.

Enrolling patients in prospective surgical trials is difficult, especially in the urgent and/or emergent care setting. However, there is growing support for including patients, caregivers, and other health care stakeholders in all phases of research to assist with identifying and incorporating outcomes important to the public, developing strategies to improve enrollment and retention rates, and accelerating the dissemination and implementation of results.15 We report the effect of stakeholder involvement in an ongoing randomized clinical trial (RCT) (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02110485) of pediatric appendicitis.

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