Science & Research | March 23rd, 2023

Invitation to participate in choice experiment about surgical NEC

Dear colleagues,

In case of severe necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in a preterm born infant, the dilemma sometimes arises whether laparotomy is still in the best interest of the child or comfort care would be more appropriate. The University Medical Center Groningen and Councyl BV have developed a choice experiment with a number of hypothetical situations in which the decision of laparotomy or comfort care has to be made. This allows for analyzing the implicit considerations involved in this decision, which helps us to identify those factors that are considered most relevant by different specialists and in different cultures, thereby creating transparency in our decision making. Ultimately, this might enable us to incorporate the knowledge in a prospective decision support tool.

If you consider yourself experienced with the decision of laparotomy versus comfort care in NEC, please participate in the choice experiment (± 20 min) by scanning the QR code below or by clicking on this link.

Please note that you cannot pause the experiment, it must be completed at once.

If you have any questions, please write to:

Thank you for your cooperation!