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How to select outcome measurement instruments for outcomes included in a “Core Outcome Set” – a practical guideline

  • Cecilia A. C. Prinsen1Email author,
  • Sunita Vohra2, 3, 4,
  • Michael R. Rose5,
  • Maarten Boers1, 6,
  • Peter Tugwell7,
  • Mike Clarke8,
  • Paula R. Williamson9 and
  • Caroline B. Terwee1

Received: 1 September 2015

Accepted: 9 July 2016

Published: 13 September 2016

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Original Submission
1 Sep 2015 Submitted Original manuscript
3 Nov 2015 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Jean-Sebastien Renaud
21 Dec 2015 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Minji Lee
3 May 2016 Author responded Author comments - Cecilia AC Prinsen
Resubmission - Version 2
3 May 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 2
4 Jul 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Jean-Sebastien Renaud
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
9 Jul 2016 Editorially accepted
13 Sep 2016 Article published 10.1186/s13063-016-1555-2

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute, University of Alberta
Department of Neurology, King’s College Hospital
Amsterdam Rheumatology & Immunology Center
Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Northern Ireland Network for Trials Methodology Research, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Royal Hospitals, Queen’s University Belfast
Department of Biostatistics, University of Liverpool