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Research Letter
June 2016

Improving Surgical Research by Involving Stakeholders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Surgical Outcomes Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):579-580. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4898

Enrolling patients in prospective surgical trials is difficult, especially in the urgent and/or emergent care setting. However, there is growing support for including patients, caregivers, and other health care stakeholders in all phases of research to assist with identifying and incorporating outcomes important to the public, developing strategies to improve enrollment and retention rates, and accelerating the dissemination and implementation of results.15 We report the effect of stakeholder involvement in an ongoing randomized clinical trial (RCT) (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02110485) of pediatric appendicitis.

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