Closing date: End of August

For: All members of the public although specifically relates to those with an interest in or experience with surgery, be they patients or carers

What: Before new medicines can be introduced into clinical practice, they undergo rigorous testing and this process is highly regulated. New medical devices are also regulated before they can be widely used, though ways of assessing their safety and performance vary, and standardisation of what is reported is also lacking. New surgical procedures are, however, even less regulated. There is uncertainty and inconsistency around what outcomes should be monitored and reported to evaluate them, which can compromise patient safety. The aim of the COHESIVE Study is to develop reporting guidelines and a core outcome set (COS) for new surgical procedures and devices. A COS is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that are measured and reported in all new surgeries. This study is being conducted by the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and is part of a research agenda which aims to develop better methods for selecting, measuring and reporting outcomes of surgical innovation. It is essential that the views of consumers are at the heart of this process.

When: The NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre would like to record opinions across three online consensus surveys sent out over a few months. You can access the first survey here and each survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Where: Online

Expenses: There is no payment available for this study

More information: Please visit to find out more and complete the survey