In May 2013 BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology received a paper that prompted the establishment of collaboration between journals across the speciality of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This paper highlighted a problem, common in research reporting across many medical disciplines: a lack of consensus on the most important research outcomes. In this case, the outcomes related to preterm birth prevention, and showed that among 100 randomised controlled trials 70 different primary outcomes were listed. The paper stressed the need for the development of core outcomes sets (COS) for different disorders, specifically in maternity care.
After BJOG received the aforementioned paper, BJOG Editor-in-Chief, Professor Khalid Khan, began contacting editors of other O&G journals. He proposed that journal editors should set the minimum standard for the reporting of outcome measures of specific conditions within the specialty. This idea spread among journal editors, with over 70 now having joined the initiative.
CROWN and its aims have been introduced to researchers in an editorial published simultaneously across many of the member journals. More specifically the editorial invited researchers to start developing COS in women’s health, the data for which should be collected in trials and reported in publications as standard practice in the future. The CROWN website promotes the initiative further, and we hope that COS endorsed by CROWN will be listed on the publications page in the future.
To keep up to date with CROWN follow us @CoreOutcomes and check out www.crown-initiative.org.