December Newsletter

The Global Surgical Outcomes Collaboration

2016 has been an incredible year for GlobalSurg
Thank you & congratulations to all our collaborators for the many successes!

2016 GlobalSurg Highlights 

2016 began with the GlobalSurg team getting out and about!
In January members of the steering committee visited Rwanda to teach a 2-day Audit and Research Skills course in Kigali. The course was a big success and a great chance to build the GlobalSurg network in Rwanda
For full details about the course please read Dr Ed Fitzgerald’s blog post and
watch our new GlobalSurg video here

If you would be interested in hosting the course in your country please get in touch with us via [email protected]

GlobalSurg Publication Success

The first major GlobalSurg paper was published in May this year – the main analysis from GlobalSurg 1 was published in BJS.
The paper received International press coverage and quickly became the most accessed paper on the BJS website.

Click here to read the manuscript which is available for free.

This was followed later in the year by a second GlobalSurg 1 publication in BMJ Global Health  which focussed specifically on paediatric surgery.
Click here to read the open access manuscript and
here to read Dr Soji Ademuyiwa’s accompnying blog on BMJ Blogs.

We are expecting more analyses from GlobalSurg 1 to be published in 2017 – keep an eye on our newsletters and blog for updates

You can also find all of the GlobalSurg publications on our publications page and new GoogleScholar page

GlobalSurg 2 Receives Record Patients Numbers

The second GlobalSurg study ran from January to July this year.

Thanks to the amazing efforts of the worldwide GlobalSurg team we have had over 2000 collaborators participating in the study.

We now have a dataset comprising records on 16,000 patients at 361 centres in 66 countries. We also, for the first time, conducted a data validation study at a subset of centres making the GlobalSurg 2 dataset even more reliable and robust. Use the map below to see the distribution of patient records entered around the world

Congratulations to the top 5 recruiting centres in GlobalSurg 2

Mayo Hospital and King Edward Medical Univserity, Lahore, Pakitsan – 494 patient records
Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, UK – 463 records
Kasr-Alainy hospital (cairo university), Egypt – 433
Zagazig University Faculty of medicine, Egypt – 384
Benha University Hospital, Egypt – 256 
GlobalSurg 2 is now in the data analysis phase of the study. We are working hard to analyse this large dataset and prepare a manuscript which will be submitted for publication in early 2017. Please follow our newsletter, blog and Twitter feed for updates

GlobalSurg Randomised Controlled Trial


In November this year, the first ever GlobalSurg planning meeting took place in Birmingham, UK. Over 60 medical professionals from 25 countries met for a 3 day planning event to design the first GlobalSurg randomised controlled trial. Plans are now underway to seek grant funding to run an international trial over the coming years. For a full report on the meeting please read Dr Aneel Bhangu’s blog post