Welcome to the IDEAL Collaboration

The IDEAL Framework is for improving research in surgery, devices and non-pharmacological interventions.

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About the Collaboration

Find out about the people behind the IDEAL Collaboration

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Why we need the IDEAL Framework

Peter McCulloch talks about how we can sometimes get carried away with the enthusiasm and commercial imperatives for new surgical technologies. Such "enthusiasm bias" needs to be tempered with a rigorous framework for the evaluation of the effects of these technologies.

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Advisory service for designing studies in surgery or therapeutic devices

This free service is for clinicians and scientists doing research as part of a grant-funded research project, or as an unfunded service improvement.

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Robotic Surgery team, by Army Medicine, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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The difference in surgical innovation, compared to drugs, is that often innovation is not evaluated. @david_j_beard reminds us of the importance of asking the question 'does it work?' in surgical trials, and adding in a placebo helps address how. #Placebo #RCTs

This placebo surgery event @RCSnews London is just 3 weeks away! Hear @david_j_beard and @marionKCampbell talk about when #placebo #surgical #trials are acceptable (and desirable) and the ASPIRE guidelines (and how to use them!) Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-and-how-should-placebo-surgical-trials-be-conducted-registration-301376383877

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