The COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative, Rome, November 19-20, 2014 
TINNET COST Action BM1306: an international standard for outcome measurements in clinical trials of tinnitus

Deborah Hall, leader of the TINNET workinggroup on outcome measurement, will present the work of the group at the COMET IV Meeting 2014 in Italy. The COMET Initiative will hold its fourth meeting in Rome on 19th to 20th November 2014. It will bring together individuals interested in the development and application of "outcome sets" in many different areas of health care.

 COMET Poster TINNET

Abstract 

TINNET COST Action BM1306: an international standard for outcome measurements in clinical trials of tinnitus
Deborah Hall (Working Group chair), Alain Londero (Working Group co-chair), Winifred Schlee (Action Chair):

Background: Over 70 million people in Europe experience tinnitus, for 7 million it creates a debilitating condition. In spite of its enormous socioeconomic relevance, research funding is somewhat limited. The European Union has approved funding for a COST Action TINNET (2014-2018) to create a pan-European tinnitus research network.  One of the Working Groups will address outcome measurement; building upon the 2006 consensus meeting organised by the Tinnitus Research Initiative (Langguth et al., 2007). This Working Group seeks to embrace inclusivity and brings together clinicians, experts on clinical research methodology, statisticians, and representatives of the health industry. The primary objective is to establish an international standard for outcome measurements in clinical trials of tinnitus.

Methods: The first step towards the objective is to seek a consensus about appropriate and relevant outcome domains, using Delphi survey methodology. Details of the study design and collaborative approach will be confirmed at the first Working Group management team on November 14th. On  November 13th, we are also holding a COST Action workshop in Amsterdam, “Agreed Standards for Measurement : An International Perspective” with invited talks on the COSMIN and the HOME initiatives, and the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core sets for assessment of hearing loss.

Conclusion: Once our methodology is confirmed we will register our work on the COMET database. Furthermore, by working with the COST Action Clinical and Database Working Groups we can achieve standards for outcome measurement both in clinical trials and in clinical routine and support data collection of treatment results in a centralised database.

Reference

Langguth, B. Goodey, R. Azevedo, A. et al. (2007) Consensus for tinnitus patient assessment and treatment outcome measurement: Tinnitus Research Initiative meeting, Regensburg, July 2006. Progress in Brain Research, 166: 525-536.

About TINNET
TINNET is a European research network funded from April 11, 2014 to April 10, 2018 by the COST program under the Action number BM1306.

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