A core outcome set of traditional Chinese medicine for improving postoperative recovery in patients with breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancies and the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality. Currently, surgery is still the main treatment strategy for breast cancer. However, patients often experience some complications after surgery. More and more traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) have been used for postoperative rehabilitation of breast cancer patients, and have shown good prospects. However, the outcomes of clinical trials are clearly inconsistent and there is no standardized outcome set. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a core outcome set for clinical trials of TCM for improving postoperative recovery in patients with breast cancer.

Contributors

Ya Gao. Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
Shuzhen Shi. Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
Ming Liu. Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
Junhua Zhang. Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, China
Jinhui Tian. Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Planning
Date: January 2020 - December 2023
Funding source(s): None


Health Area

Disease Category: Cancer

Disease Name: Breast cancer

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 100

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Consumers (caregivers)
- Consumers (patients)
- Epidemiologists
- Journal editors
- Methodologists
- Patient/ support group representatives
- Researchers
- Statisticians

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research
- COS for practice

Method(s)

- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Interview
- Semi structured discussion
- Systematic review

A systematic review will be conducted to identify currently reported outcomes in clinical trials. Semi-structured interviews of patients will be conducted to fill gaps in potential outcomes. Then, two rounds of Delphi surveys and a consensus meeting will be conducted to develop a COS.

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