Core Outcome Set for Burns
Improvements in burns care means that more patients than ever survive the initial injury, but we cannot use survival alone as a measure of how good care is. Currently however clinicians and researchers all use different measures to assess how successful different treatments have been. This makes it nearly impossible to compare the success of one treatment to another and to therefore distinguish those treatments that are effective from those that are not. This project, led by the University of Bristol, aims to establish a single set of key outcomes that all researchers and clinicians report on, making it easy to compare burns treatments.
In the first part of the study, which has recently completed, the research team have reviewed what outcome measures exist already and interviewed patients and burns clinicians to understand what priorities they look to in determining whether the treatment of a burn injury has been successful. In the second half of the project will work with the UK’s 14 Burns Centres to gain consensus on what are the most important outcomes that all clinicians and researchers should be assessing. This may include length of hospital stay, whether the wound was infected and how long it took to heal.