Annals of Surgery

Considerations in the Early Termination of Clinical Trials in Surgery

One of the most difficult situations when running a clinical trial is the decision to terminate the trial early. But it shouldn’t be a...
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GlobalSurg protocol published

Very pleased to to announce that the GlobalSurg protocol has just been published in BMJ Open. As well as this, the study was registered...
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Investigator contact details should continue to be available after completion of clinical trials

Why oh why does the National Library for Medicine remove investigator contact details from clinicaltrials.gov after completion of a trial. We need to contact...
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Adverse outcomes demand clear justification when introducing new surgical procedure

The introduction of new surgical procedures is fraught with difficulty. Determining that a procedure is safe to perform while surgeons are still learning how...
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GlobalSurg recruitment starting soon

I’m excited to be involved in an enthusiastic young collaborative called GlobalSurg. Research in surgery has been a predominately first world affair and it...
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Mortalogram

54937 people died In Scotland in 2012. Here’s how. Click to enlarge.
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Life expectancy of acute hospital inpatients

I liked the study published this week by David Clark and Christopher Isles. On 31st March 2010 there were 10,743 inpatients in 25 Scottish...
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Introduction of Surgical Safety Checklists in Ontario, Canada – don’t blame the study size

The recent publication of the Ontario experience in the introduction of Surgical Safety Checklists has caused a bit of a stooshie. Checklists have consistently...
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Landmark Papers in General Surgery: Review

A longer version of my review in Surgeons’ News. When should a clinical study be considered a landmark? Must it have changed practice? Does...
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Hepatitis C virus, tumour and liver transplantation

From my HPB highlights this month. Do patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) on a background of hepatitis C virus (HCV) have worse outcomes after...