IDEAL Stage 4 is Long-term studies.
What is the primary goal of this stage?
The goal of the long-term study stage is surveillance of the procedure.
What are the secondary goals of this stage?
Long-terms studies assess the established procedure for rare outcomes that may not have surfaced in stage 3, and, as the name suggests, to monitor long-term effects.
How should procedures in the Long-term study stage be reported?
The majority of these studies should be in the form of a registry. Only key outcomes and relevant information need be reported since the procedure will have already been established in the previous four stages (however, this is not to say that modifications cannot still be made).
What are some examples of procedures in this stage?
- Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair