Opened: February 2012
Closed: May 2012
In 2012 we issued a themed call into research on the evaluation of technology-driven implanted or implantable medical devices, surgical procedures or surgical services.
This call was a key component of the NIHR response to recognition of the need for an increase in research-based evidence related to surgical productivity and to patient outcomes:
- Through supporting capacity building across a wide range of surgical disciplines
- Increasing the volume of high-quality research on the effectiveness, delivery and organisation of surgery and surgical services.
Applications to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of new procedures that would obviate the need for surgery were also considered. Clinical trials involving ‘non-surgical’ interventions, e.g. interventional radiology, gastroenterology, cardiology, etc., had to include a surgical intervention as a comparator.
The inclusion of patient views and experiences were considered important by each participating programme. Proposals solely to explore epidemiological or pathophysiological issues around conditions conventionally treated with surgery were not in the remit of this call.
The following NIHR-managed research programmes participated:
For more information on research funded in this area, please visit NIHR Open Data - surgery devices.