Patient centred outcomes following non-operative treatment or appendicectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis in children

Nigel, J Hall*, Frances C Sherratt, Simon Eaton, Erin Walker, Maria Chorozoglou, Lucy Beasant, Michael P. Stanton, Harriet J Corbett, Dean Rex, Natalie Hutchings, Elizabeth Dixon, Esther M Crawley, Jane Blazeby, Bridget Young, Isabel Reading

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Abstract

While non-operative treatment has emerged as an alternative to surgery for the treatment of uncomplicated acute appendicitis in children, comparative patient-centred outcomes are not well documented. We investigated these in a feasibility randomised trial. Of 57 randomised participants, data were available for 26. Compared with appendicectomy, children allocated to non-operative treatment reported higher short-term quality of life scores, shorter duration of requiring analgesia, more rapid return to normal activities and shorter parental absence from work. These preliminary data suggest differences exist in recovery profile and quality of life between these treatments that are important to measure in a larger RCT
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001673
JournalBMJ Paediatrics Open
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2023

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Funding Information:
The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Program (ref: 14/192/90).

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© 2023 Author(s). Published by BMJ.

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