The COMET Initiative brings together people interested in the development and application of agreed standardised sets of outcomes, known as ‘core outcome sets’ (COS). These sets represent the minimum that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific condition, but COS are also suitable for use in routine care, clinical audit and research other than randomised trials. You can read the core outcome set/COMET plain language summary here. The existence or use of a core outcome set does not imply that outcomes in a particular study should be restricted to those in the relevant core outcome set. Rather, there is an expectation that the core outcomes will be collected and reported, making it easier for the results of studies to be compared, contrasted and combined as appropriate; while researchers continue to explore other outcomes as well. COMET aims to collate and stimulate relevant resources, both applied and methodological, to facilitate exchange of ideas and information, and to foster methodological research in this area.


COMET VIII Conference - Thursday 8th to Friday 9th October 2020

The COMET Initiative will hold its eighth meeting in Liverpool on 8th to 9th October 2020. Planning is now underway and we are preparing an exciting programme. This will bring together individuals interested in the development and application of “core outcome sets” in many different areas of health care. There is no registration fee for the meeting, and lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge. The number of spaces is limited, which may mean that we have to close registration some time in advance of the meeting. We therefore encourage early registration to avoid disappointment. Delegates will be responsible for the costs of their own travel and accommodation.

Speakers confirmed!

Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Professor Hywel Williams became Director of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme in 2016. Hywel chaired the HTA commissioning board from 2010 to 2015. He cares passionately about research that is directly relevant to the NHS and is a champion of public and patient involvement in research. His research interests include randomised clinical trials and systematic reviews of interventions to prevent and treat skin diseases. Hywel co-directs the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham and is consultant paediatric dermatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Hywel is an NIHR senior investigator and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Eleanor Perfetto, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the National Health Council (NHC)

Dr. Perfetto’s research and policy work primarily focuses on patient engagement in health care, including comparative effectiveness and patient centered-outcomes research (CER-PCOR); medical product development; patient-reported outcome selection and development; value assessment; and health care quality.

Junhua Zhang, director of Evidence-Based Medicine Center at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TUTCM)

The Chinese Evidence-based Medicine Center and Cochrane China and TUTCM jointly established the Chinese Research Center for Clinical Trial Core Outcome Sets (ChiCOS). The center has been set up to promote COS and provide methodological support to core outcome set developers in China, with a particular focus on COS for Traditional Chinese Medicine. ChiCOS is in collaboration with COMET.