P-COMMaS (Patient-Centred Outcome Measures after Major Surgery) is a multi-centre mixed methods study funded by the AAGBI and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) seeking to explore the question: 'Which outcomes matter most to patients after major surgery?'
We will use a short survey and in-depth interviews to gather views from patients and carers with experience of major surgery, and clinicians involved in all aspects of perioperative care. The results will inform the NIAA's development of Core Outcome Measures for Perioperative and Anaesthetic Care (COMPAC).
Perioperative clinical effectiveness research is all about improving outcomes for patients. Choosing outcomes that genuinely matter to both the 'users' of healthcare (patients and carers) and the clinicians who provide it should therefore be a basic starting point for perioperative trials. However, surprisingly little work has been done to date exploring patients', carers' and clinicians' views about what constitute important outcomes.
Most perioperative trials still focus on outcome measures chosen by researchers, such as length of hospital stay, and various types of post-operative morbidity. However, patient-centred outcomes - which simply means 'outcomes that are relevant and important to patients' - may encompass a range of other aspects of life after surgery that traditional, researcher-chosen outcome measures do not adequately capture.
SURVEY: What matters to patients having major surgery?
If you are a perioperative clinician, or a patient or carer with experience of major surgery, we would love to hear your views on important outcome measures after surgery.
The P-COMMaS survey is not yet open. Please come back to this page to participate in the survey when it is running. You will also be offered the opportunity to expand on your views in greater depth via a telephone interview - if you agree, you'll receive an Amazon voucher as a 'thank you' for contributing your time and sharing your experiences.
P-COMMaS is generously supported by:
- The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
- UCL Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe)
- University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust
For more information, please contact:
Dr Oliver Boney, COMPAC Research Fellow
Surgical Outcomes Research Centre
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
London NW1 2BU