Tuesday 03 February 2015
The MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research has awarded a collaborative group from Bristol, Bangor and Oxford Universities a grant to identify a core set of economically important resource-use items for future inclusion into a modular patient-reported resource-use measure (RUM). A comprehensive list of care items encountered in RUMs will be compiled from the DIRUM database into 'domains' describing different types of healthcare, including for example medication or inpatient care. A Delphi panel comprising patients, trialists and health economists will then be engaged to rate items according to their economic importance and incorporate them into the modular output which is hoped will become a standardised instrument capable of further improving the comparability between clinical trials.
If you would like your trial RUM to be included as part of this process you are more than welcome to send it to the DIRUM team for incorporation into the database using the submissions tab on: http://www.dirum.org/instruments/submissions or alternatively you can contact the team directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org