GlobalSurg: Global Surgery results to be published soon

The GlobalSurg project is continuing to be a great experience.

The first cohort study reports data from patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery across the world.

10,745 patients from 357 centres across 58 countries.

Around half are from high (n=6538, 60.8%) and half from low/middle (n=4207, 39.2%) human development index (HDI) settings. We are limited in what findings we can release prior to formal publication. But here are some of the areas we have looked at.

  • Appendicectomy is the most commonly performed operation across all countries (HDI: high 38.1%, middle 52.8%, low 38.2%)
  • Trauma is the indication for surgery in a higher proportion of cases in middle and low HDI countries (10.0% and 12.1% respectively) than in HDI countries (2.2%).
  • Use of midline laparotomy increased across development indices (high 27.3%, middle 29.0%, low 41.4%).

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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 at ClinicalTrials.gov on the 29 June 2014. Both of these are important to ensure transparency and that the protocol doesn’t change after the start of data commencement.