an agreed, standardised set of outcomes that represent the minimum that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific condition, and may be suitable for use in clinical audit or research other than randomised trials. The existence or use of a core outcome set does not imply that outcomes in a particular trial 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 trials to be compared, contrasted and combined as appropriate; while researchers continue to explore other outcomes as well. See also OMERACT CORE OUTCOME SET

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