Breakfast with The CROWN Initiative at RCOG Congress 2016 in Birmingham

by Ewelina Rogozińska

Despite the early hour, we had an impressive turnout! The session was a triple act of Prof Khan, Prof Chescheir and Dr Duffy. Dr Duffy opened the meeting with a brief introduction and a short ice-breaker activity. The first presentation by Prof Khan gave an insight into CROWN Initiative origins and a vision for the future with core outcome sets (COS) to become a vital element of the research landscape in Women’s Health by 2030.

2030 Vision

The second presentation by Dr Duffy gave a thorough introduction to the ‘know-how’ of COS development. Using iHOPE (International Collaboration to Harmonise Outcomes for Pre-eclampsia) as an example, he gave an overview of all the fantastic ways to engage stakeholders from various areas of COS development. The final minutes of his presentation were devoted to COS implementation. Here he referred to preterm birth research, where already five multicentre trials are running across 25 countries, including eight from low-resource settings, committed to collecting and reporting the core outcome set (for more info go here).

The last presentation came from Prof Chescheir with her realistic look at core outcomes and outcome selection in women’s health research. Prof Chescheir explored how COS development could be made more efficient.

All presentations were followed by a short Q&A session, and the event finished with a vibrant discussion that carried on beyond the designated time. The discussion covered issues such as the importance of incorporating patient-reported experience (PREMs) and patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs), standardisation of outcome measures and baseline sets.

We would like to thank all the attendees for their participation in the session. As for those who could not join us this time, hopefully, see you at the next CROWN event!

For the time being, follow us @CoreOutcomes, check the website updates or simply get in touch at crown@rcog.org.uk.

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