TALON is a substudy embedded in the FALCON and ChEETAh trials, run as part of an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in Global Surgery. The aim of the substudies is to improve the quality and efficiency of surgical trial methodology across low- and middle-income countries.
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The current ‘gold standard’ for assessment of surgical site infection (SSI) during the 30-days after surgery is an in-person review according to Centre for Disease Control Criteria. However, in-person assessment is labour and time intensive, and requires patients to take additional time-off work and incur costs of travel. More efficient follow-up pathways are required, for example over the telephone, that are of equal quality to in-person wound assessment. This has become particularly relevant in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, where visits to hospital put patients at increased risk of cross-infection.
TALON is a multi-centre, international, non-randomised Study Within a Trial, divided into two sections (TALON-1 and TALON-2). The overall aim is to evaluate the feasibility and validity of telephone administration of patient-reported questionnaire for wound follow-up in low resource settings.