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Table 1 Description of studies used to inform this paper

From: The use of qualitative methods to inform Delphi surveys in core outcome set development

  PARTNERS2 [30] CONSENSUS [31] mOMEnt [32]
Study title Core outcome sets for use in effectiveness trials involving people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in a community-based setting CONSENSUS – squamous cell CarcinOma of the oropharyNx: late phaSE cliNical trialS; core oUtcomeS mOMEnt – management of Otitis Media with Effusion in cleft palate: protocol for a systematic review of the literature and identification of a core outcome set using a Delphi survey
Qualitative data collection method Focus groups and one-to-one semi-structured interviews, with prompts to cover key discussion points. Topic guide used as an aide memoire and iteratively updated One-to-one or three-way semi-structured interviews with patients and their carers. The topic guide comprised prompts to ensure key topics were explored and was iteratively developed Conversational style interviews with parents including prompts to discuss topics identified from relevant literature. Developmentally appropriate interviews with children
Participants Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia service user and their carers and healthcare and research professionals working in this area UK and US patients treated for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (a type of head and neck cancer) and their carers Parents of children with non-syndromic cleft palate (including cleft lip and palate) between 0 and 11 years of age, who had a current or past diagnosis of OME, and children themselves aged 6–11 years
Ethical approval Ethical approval for the study has been sought and granted from the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) West Midlands – Edgbaston (reference number 14/WM/0052) Ethical approval for this study was sought and granted in the UK by the Liverpool Central Research Ethics Committee (reference 12/NW/0708). Approval at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA) was provided by the Institutional Review Board (protocol number 2013–0285) Ethical approval for the qualitative interviews with parents and children was sought and granted by the National Research Ethics Service – NRES North East Committee – Greater Manchester East (reference 11/NW/0586)
  1. The PARTNERS2 COS development is part of a larger NIHR-funded project titled: PARTNERS2: Development and pilot trial of primary care-based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness [33]. The mOMEnt COS development was part of a larger NIHR-funded project titled: The management of Otitis Media with Effusion in children with cleft palate (mOMEnt): a feasibility study and economic evaluation [21]. The CONSENSUS study was conducted by Aoife Waters as part of a PhD, supported by the Medical Research Council via the North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research