Paper of the week 07.11.18: Progress in clinical research in surgery and IDEAL


Reference: Progress in clinical research in surgery and IDEAL. Peter McCulloch et al (2018) Lancet 2018; 392: 88–94 This weeks paper of the week is brought to you by Professor Sir Muir Gray, 3V Executive Director. Bottom line β€œThe Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, and Long-term Follow-up (IDEAL) Framework and Recommendations specify desirable qualities for surgical studies, and outline an integrated evaluation pathway for surgery, and similar complex interventions. We used the IDEAL Recommendations to assess methodological progress in surgical research over time, assessed the uptake and influence of IDEAL, and identified the challenges to further methodological progress. Comparing studies from the periods 2000–04 and 2010–14, we noted apparent improvement in the use of standard outcome measures, adoption of [...]