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Themed call: Surgery (2012)


Published: 12 February 2020

Version: 1.0

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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.

Participating programmes

The following NIHR-managed research programmes participated:

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 

Invention for Innovation (i4i)

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Funded research

For more information on research funded in this area, please visit NIHR Open Data - surgery devices.