Protocol for developing core outcome sets for evaluation of psychosocial interventions for children and families with experience or at risk of child maltreatment or domestic abuse

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Howarth, E., Powell, C., Woodman, J., Walker, E., Chesters, H., Szilassy, E., Gilbert, R. and Feder, G. 2021. Protocol for developing core outcome sets for evaluation of psychosocial interventions for children and families with experience or at risk of child maltreatment or domestic abuse. BMJ Open. 11 (Art. e044431). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044431
AuthorsHowarth, E., Powell, C., Woodman, J., Walker, E., Chesters, H., Szilassy, E., Gilbert, R. and Feder, G.
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Introduction Recognition that child maltreatment (CM) and domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are common and have serious and long-term adverse health consequences has resulted in policies and programmes to ensure that services respond to and safeguard children and their families. However, high-quality evidence about how services can effectively intervene is scant. The value of the current evidence base is limited partly because of the variety of outcomes and measures used in evaluative studies. One way of addressing this limitation is to develop a core outcome set (COS) which is measured and reported as a minimum standard in the context of trials and other types of evaluative research. The study described in this protocol aims to develop two discrete COSs for use in future evaluation of psychosocial interventions aimed at improving outcomes for children and families at risk or with experience of (1) CM or (2) DVA.

Methods and analysis A two-phase mixed methods design: (1) rapid reviews of evidence, stakeholder workshops and semistructured interviews with adult survivors of CM/DVA and parents of children who have experienced CM/DVA and (2) a three panel adapted E-Delphi Study and consensus meeting. This study protocol adheres to reporting guidance for COS protocols and has been registered on the Core Outcome Measures for Effectiveness Trials (COMET) database.

Ethics and dissemination We will disseminate our findings through peer-reviewed and open access publications, the COMET website and presentations at international conferences. We will engage with research networks, journal editors and funding agencies to promote awareness of the CM-COS and DVA-COS. We will work with advisory and survivor and public involvement groups to coproduce a range of survivor, policy and practice facing outputs.

Approval for this study has been granted by the Research Ethics Committee at University College London.

JournalBMJ Open
Journal citation11 (Art. e044431)
ISSN2044-6055
Year2021
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044431
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Accepted31 Jul 2021
Deposited24 Aug 2021
FunderNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
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