Richard J. Lilford

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BACKGROUND Problems in inducing ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and anovulation (failure to ovulate) are well recognised. Surgical ovarian wedge resection was the first established treatment for anovulatory PCOS patients but was largely abandoned due to the risk of post-surgical adhesions and the introduction of medical ovulation(More)
BACKGROUND Stepped wedge randomised trial designs involve sequential roll-out of an intervention to participants (individuals or clusters) over a number of time periods. By the end of the study, all participants will have received the intervention, although the order in which participants receive the intervention is determined at random. The design is(More)
Surgery and other invasive therapies are complex interventions, the assessment of which is challenged by factors that depend on operator, team, and setting, such as learning curves, quality variations, and perception of equipoise. We propose recommendations for the assessment of surgery based on a five-stage description of the surgical development process.(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of laparoscopic hysterectomy and abdominal hysterectomy in the abdominal trial, and laparoscopic hysterectomy and vaginal hysterectomy in the vaginal trial. DESIGN Two parallel, multicentre, randomised trials. SETTING 28 UK centres and two South African centres. PARTICIPANTS 1380 women were recruited; 1346 had surgery;(More)
The history of monitoring the outcomes of health care by external agencies can be traced to ancient times. However, the danger, now as then, is that in the search for improvement, comparative measures of mortality and morbidity are often overinterpreted, resulting in judgments about the underlying quality of care. Such judgments can translate into(More)
This is the second in a four-part series of articles detailing the epistemology of patient safety research. This article concentrates on issues of study design. It first considers the range of designs that may be used in the evaluation of patient safety interventions, highlighting the circumstances in which each is appropriate. The paper then provides(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the validity of case mix adjustment methods used to derive standardised mortality ratios for hospitals, by examining the consistency of relations between risk factors and mortality across hospitals. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of routinely collected hospital data comparing observed deaths with deaths predicted by the Dr Foster Unit(More)
Previously the diagnosis of sex and cystic fibrosis status has been studied on single cells using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It has been suggested that allelic drop-out (PCR failure of one allele) and/or preferential amplification (hypo-amplification of one allele) may contribute to poor reliability and misdiagnosis, although this remains(More)
BACKGROUND Much postpartum physical and psychological morbidity is not addressed by present care, which tends to focus on routine examinations. We undertook a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess community postnatal care that has been redesigned to identify and manage individual needs. METHODS We randomly allocated 36 general practice clusters(More)