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Generic outcome set for the international registry on Laser trEAtments in Dermatology (LEAD): a protocol for a Delphi study to achieve consensus on what to measure

Published inBMJ open, vol. 10, no. 6, e038145
Publication date2020-06-28
First online date2020-06-28
Abstract

Introduction: While laser technology has expanded the armamentarium of treatment for various skin diseases during the past years, heterogeneity in study outcomes hampers comparability and appropriate evidence synthesis. Part of these issues can be addressed by developing a generic outcome set. Using the Delphi method, this study aims to seek consensus between key stakeholders on relevant generic outcomes (what to measure) for implementation in the international registry on Laser trEAtments in Dermatology (LEAD). The registry is focused on collecting research data on various laser treatments for skin disorders.

Methods and analysis: By reviewing the literature and involvement of key stakeholder groups and adult patients in need or after laser surgery and health professionals, a preliminary list of outcomes will be generated and categorised into domains. Using these outcomes, an international three-round Delphi study will be performed to rate the importance of outcomes in the selection of a generic outcome set. Participants are allowed to provide new outcomes to the preliminary list for revisions during the first Delphi round. Finally, results will be discussed during a consensus meeting to agree on generic outcomes to be used in the LEAD registry.

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Keywords
  • Dermatology
  • Laser therapy
  • Surgical dermatology
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique
  • Dermatology / methods
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Registries
  • Research Design
  • Stakeholder Participation
Funding
  • European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology - [2017-035]
Citation (ISO format)
FRANSEN, Frederike et al. Generic outcome set for the international registry on Laser trEAtments in Dermatology (LEAD): a protocol for a Delphi study to achieve consensus on <i>what</i> to measure. In: BMJ open, 2020, vol. 10, n° 6, p. e038145. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038145
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