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- Tom Treasure's talk is ranked among top three presentations
- The Ekjut trial in India is selected as Trial of the Year!
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- Making sense of statistics
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- Christina Pagel has paper published in The Lancet
- Martin Utley promoted to professor
- Professor Tom Treasure attends NICE International conference
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- Marfan aortic aneurysm: Golesworthy wins Healthcare Award
- CORU projections of skilled birth attendance rates in world's poorest regions published
- CORU's Skilled Birth Attendance paper is a BMC Highly Accessed paper!
- CORU's visual outcome monitoring tool (VLAD) goes global!
- Number of people living with cancer set to increase significantly
- CORU article highlights challenges in implementing modelling toolkits
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- Sonya Crowe awarded Improvement Science Fellowship by the Health Foundation!
- CORU work helps child heart teams get clearer picture of their results
- CORU's work with the Department of Health's health protection team continues
- UCL Partners successful in bid to host a new £9 million CLAHRC!
- Funding bid to understand complications following children's heart surgery successful!
- Editorial published in Heart discussing the benefits and risks of monitoring mortality
- Health research partnership launches to tackle major health challenges
- CORU's Tom Treasure discusses colorectal cancer in the BMJ
CORU's visual outcome monitoring tool (VLAD) goes global!
1 June 2012
Over fifteen years ago, researchers at CORU collaborated with heart surgeons to produce charts that could be used to monitor risk-adjusted outcomes following surgery in a routine manner. These charts are called Variable Life-Adjusted Displays (VLAD) Charts and are now routinely used in cardiac units across the UK and internationally. VLAD Charts have also started to be used to monitor other outcomes, almost always in hospital settings, and almost always in high income contexts. They are most useful for allowing users to quickly spot trends in outcomes that might warrant further investigation or aid understanding of a dataset.
Christina Pagel and Martin Utley of CORU collaborated with researchers at the UCL Centre for International Health and Development and at Ekjut NGO in India on a trial looking at birth outcomes in rural poor communities. During this, we adapted the VLAD methodology to look at population outcomes in these contexts, using the baseline mortality rate as a crude risk model.
The adaptation of VLADs to global contexts has now been published in the Bulletin of the WHO and CORU has developed generic software within Excel to enable people to generate VLAD charts for their own context. We are excited that VLAD has now gone global!