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Evidence Based Wound Care Research

Recognizing the need to craft a white paper on criteria for conducting methodologically sound randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) as well as address the importance and relative strength of non-RCT research in the wound care field, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders assembled a
writing team of prominent and respected wound care researchers to meet in March 2010 for this task. The team was called Panel On Wound Care Evidence Based Research (POWER)

The Alliance organized and sponsored the meeting with conference costs being defrayed by manufacturers and associations with an interest in wound care research.

The paper, “Consensus Principles for Wound Care Research Obtained Using a Delphi Process was published 2012 May/June edition of Wound Repair and Regeneration.

As a matter of background, this meeting was originally conceived in response to the Center for Medical Technology Policy's (CMTP) effectiveness guidance document "Devices for Local Treatment of Chronic Wounds." The Alliance had concerns that if this document went unanswered by the wound care community, payers could adopt this document as a threshold standard that both wound care researchers and manufacturers would need to follow in order to gain coverage for future wound care technologies. Moreover, on closer examination, many wound care researchers realized that there is a true need for guidance from the wound healing community on the conduct of clinical research, particularly to non-RCT studies.


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