Core outcome measures for the evaluation of complex interventions targeted at sustaining independence in older people with frailty – Shahzadgai Khan (Shaz)

Study Overview

Complex interventions targeted at improving elderly care in the community and in care homes are traditionally evaluated through the ‘gold standard’ methodology of randomised controlled trials (RCT). A key question in evaluating a complex intervention is about practical effectiveness – whether the intervention works in everyday practice. The choice of outcome measures is therefore of great importance and requires a good theoretical understanding of the intervention as well as being considerate of the needs of the study population. This PhD is aiming to develop a core outcome set, i.e. a list of outcomes which should be measured and reported, as a minimum, for all randomised trials evaluating complex interventions in older people with frailty, including recommendations to address the challenges faced in collecting outcomes in this population.

Shaz is based within the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research at the University of Leeds.


Professor Amanda Farrin, Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds

Professor Andrew Clegg, Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, University of Leeds

Mrs Bonnie Cundill, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds

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