Core outcomes and definitions for pediatric fever and neutropenia research: a consensus statement from an international panel.

Haeusler, Gabrielle M; Phillips, Robert S; Lehrnbecher, Thomas; Thursky, Karin A; Sung, Lillian; Ammann, Roland (2015). Core outcomes and definitions for pediatric fever and neutropenia research: a consensus statement from an international panel. Pediatric blood & cancer, 62(3), pp. 483-489. Wiley-Liss 10.1002/pbc.25335

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BACKGROUND There are no specific recommendations for the design and reporting of studies of children with fever and neutropenia (FN). As a result, there is marked heterogeneity in the variables and outcomes that are reported and new definitions continue to emerge. These inconsistencies hinder the ability of researchers and clinicians to compare, contrast and combine results. The objective was to achieve expert consensus on a core set of variables and outcomes that should be measured and reported, as a minimum, in pediatric FN studies. PROCEDURE The Delphi method was used to achieve consensus among an international group of clinicians, pharmacists, researchers, and patient representatives. Four surveys focusing on (i) the identification of a core set of variables and outcomes; and (ii) definitions of these variables and outcomes, were administered electronically. Consensus was predefined as more than 80% agreement on any statement. RESULTS There were forty-five survey participants and the response rate ranged between 84 and 96%. There was consensus on eight core variables and 10 core outcomes that should be collected and reported in all studies of children with FN. Consensus definitions were identified for all of the core outcomes. CONCLUSION Using the Delphi method, expert consensus on a set of core variables and outcomes, and their corresponding definitions, was achieved. These core sets represent the minimum that should be collected and reported in all studies of children with FN. This will promote collaboration and ensure consistency and comparability between studies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Ammann, Roland

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1545-5009

Publisher:

Wiley-Liss

Language:

English

Submitter:

André Schaller

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2016 09:35

Last Modified:

11 Apr 2016 09:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/pbc.25335

PubMed ID:

25446628

Uncontrolled Keywords:

child; consensus; definitions; fever; neutropenia; outcomes

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79324

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79324

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