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The IDEAL Collaboration is an initiative to improve the quality of research in surgery. It is:

  • A model that describes the stages of innovation in surgery: Innovation, Development, Exploration, Assessment, Long-term study
  • A set of recommendations at each stage of the model that have been developed by experts in evidence-based surgery, for example on improving methodology and how to address the challenges of randomized controlled trials in surgery
  • An international group of surgeons, researchers, journal editors, methodologists, statisticians, and other people who are committed to producing, disseminating, and evaluating quality research in surgery

Our website includes details about the framework and recommendations, a blog on current topics in evidence-based surgery, a library of resources, and a discussion forum for members.  But we need your help to spread the word.  Join up now!

IDEAL Conference 7th April 2016: “Evaluating innovation in surgery and therapeutic technology: the IDEAL approach”      Abstract Submission Now Open 

The Conference will be of interest to: surgical researchers and clinicians, the medical device and technology industry, health care regulators, medical research methodologists, surgical trainees, journal editors and peer reviewers, research funders, and professionals involved in decisions around payment and coverage for treatment.