CholeS Study – 4 papers and counting!

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WELL DONE to all LSRG members who contributed to the CholeS study. Please see below from the CholeS team.

Dear CholeS Collaborator and interested parties,

The main papers from the CholeS study have now been published and are on PubMed and the Journals website:

  1. Population based cohort study of outcomes following cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases [Altmetric Score]
  2. Population based cohort study of variation in the use of emergency cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases [Altmetric Score]
  3. Cost-effectiveness of emergency versus delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute gallbladder pathology [Altmetric Score]
  4. Preoperative risk factors for conversion from laparoscopic to open cholecystectomy: a validated risk score derived from a prospective U.K. database of 8820 patients. (AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE)

There has been a significant amount of interest in our work on social media and that has helped boost our Altmetric Score’s; making the CholeS papers become within the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. This is a significant achievement and we are very proud of your hard work.

To help us boost the Altmetric Score even further please get on to Twitter and tweet or retweet about our articles. We have produced several ‘Visual Abstracts’ of the main results of our papers which you may find quite interesting and these can be found here:



Please feel free to use them in local presentations etc or edit them for your needs.

In addition, secondary analyses from the CholeS dataset are being performed in combination with other datasets and it is likely that in 2017 we will have some further papers out of this project.

Suggested citation format for Curriculum Vitae is the following: Bloggs J. (local collaborator / local lead / data validator [insert as appropriate]): CholeS study group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Population-based cohort study of outcomes following cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases. Br J Surg. 2016 Nov;103(12):1704-1715 for example.

We are considering a further population based audit of gallbladder diseases and extending our study to European and Worldwide Centres – EurCholeS or GlobalCholeS perhaps. We think we can build on our protocol and data collection methods and produce an even better study. We would be very interested to hear from you about this. Especially, we would like to hear from Trainees who can help lead this project and hospitals who would be keen to participate in the data collection. Please email if you are interested. It is likely that this would focus purely on patients having emergency or delayed surgery to understand more about this important group.

Thanks again for your support.

Kind regards,

Ewen Griffiths and the CholeS team (Ravinder Vohra, Sandro Pasquali, Amanda Kirkham, Paul Marriott, Marianne Hollyman, Philip Spreadborough, Derek Alderson), on behalf of the CholeS study group WMRC


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