ISRUM - new modular output agreed

Tuesday 10 May 2016

ISRUM - Identification of items for a standardised resource-use measure.

A resource use modular output was agreed by the ISRUM project team at a meeting in Bristol at the end of April ready for incorporation into a standardised instrument capable of further improving the comparability between clinical trials. 

This follows on from last year when the MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research 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 was last year 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 was then engaged to rate items according to their economic importance and incorporate them into a modular output. 

The modular output was agreed by the project team based on the Delphi panel scores and this should take the project to the next stage of generating a prototype RUM for inclusion into DIRUM. The work will be presented at the 89th Health Economists' Study Group (HESG) meeting in Gran Canaria in June. Watch this space for further exciting announcements! 

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