Welcome to the IDEAL Collaboration

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

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IDEAL Conference 2022

Annual IDEAL Collaboration International Meeting, Trinity College, Oxford, 10th-11th November

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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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Latest news and discussion

5 September 2022

IDEAL Meeting 2022: A message from Peter McCulloch, Chair of the IDEAL Collaboration

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

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The IDEAL Collaboration thrives through an international network of clinicians, researchers, policymakers and members of the public. We need your help to improve the quality of research. Sign up for our email newsletter or join the network.

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IDEAL Twitter Feed

Extending IDEAL learnings to artificial intelligence: see how the DECIDE-AI guideline can improve reporting of #AI studies in radiology in our latest review in @ClinRadiology.


@J_Stijns eloquently highlights the marginal gains of robotic 🤖 IBD surgery & the need to continue accruing evidence using @IDEALCollab principles @NuhaZsurgeon @TejedorPat @DeenaHarji @CrohnsColitisUK @Y_ECCO_IBD

Brill Methodology dialogue @IDEALCollab 2022. Lively surgical innovation discussion, concept of a Surgical Education Intervention Framework @hani_marcus and hear about @willboltontiger Global initiatives 💫 #medtech #innovation #training

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