Full Title: Patient Reported Outcome MeasureS using electronic informed consent and data capture – developing methods and infrastructure
Chief Investigator: Professor Sandra Eldridge
Funder: NIHR Clinical Trials Unit Support Funding - Supporting Efficient/Innocative Delivery of NIHR Research
Research Status: Recruitment
The increasing availability of routine data combined with the difficulty and expense of conducting randomised controlled trials (RCTs) motivates the investigation of more efficient study designs, and the increased use of observational data to provide a stronger evidence base for some interventions. While continued efforts should be a made to deliver high-quality RCTs there is also merit in trying to improve the rigour of non-randomised research designs. One such method is an interrupted time series (ITS), the importance of which is recognised by the Cochrane Collaboration’s Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group (EPOC) and the IDEAL framework for surgical innovation
Our project will deliver proof of concept for a scalable framework for the collection and analysis of patient-reported outcomes (PROMS) as time series, using electronic data capture and incorporating a robust and compliant electronic informed consent form (e-ICF) mechanism. PROMS data will be sent to the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) data hub, and individual study team members will remain be blinded. This will provide a foundation for piloting and conducting large-scale, non-randomised healthcare evaluations with greatly improved rigour and efficiency. This methodology could significantly reduce NHS and other study support costs through its use of electronic data capture and exploitation of NHS digital routine data.
Specifically, we aim to:
1. Develop and pilot a robust, compliant patient electronic informed consent form (e-ICF) and patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) platform (“the PROMiSe platform”);
2. Assess user acceptability of the PROMiSe platform in diverse user-groups (Asthma UK patient and public involvement (PPI) group, Bowel and Cancer Research charity PPI group, Birmingham Elders PPI group & a selection of clinical trial researchers);
3. Investigate and review the challenges of linking PROMiSe data to clinical data from a variety of sources, and demonstrate proof of concept for the EMIS Web general practice database;
4. Review and (if necessary) develop statistical methods for the analysis of interrupted time series (ITS) data;
5. Hold a workshop for representatives of UKCRC-registered Clinical Trials Units and other stakeholders to disseminate the proposed framework and methods.
While our work will establish proof-of-concept using surgery and primary care as exemplars, we want to develop and report a framework that has wide generalisability. We therefore propose inviting a representative from each UK clinical trials unit, industry clinical IT representatives, sponsors, R&D/CRN delivery managers and representatives from patient groups to a workshop at which we will present the pilot study data and discuss the usefulness of the method for different clinical conditions/interventions, the feasibility of e-ICF and PROM data collection for conditions/interventions where the method would be considered useful, issues surrounding data linkage, implementation strategies around recruitment in primary and secondary care settings (including NHS support costs identified), and methods of analysis. We will also discuss with clinical IT providers the possibility of developing a commercially viable, integrated digital healthcare application.
This project is funded by the NIHR and has received ethical approval from Queen Mary University of London. Collaborators include Imperial CTU, Birmingham CTU and Birmingham Elders PPI, Edinburgh CTU and Asthma UK PPI group, National Bowel Research Centre and Bowel and Cancer Research charity.
For more information about this project please contact:
Clinical Research Coordinator
National Bowel Research Centre
Queen Mary University
Reader in Medical Statistics
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit
Queen Mary University
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Please find the slides from the workshop held on 4th July below: