‘COHERE’ is an abbreviation of Core Outcome Set for Head, nEck and REspiratory disease in Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II.

The study aims to standardise the way outcomes are reported in research examining head and neck and respiratory issues in individuals with Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II. Researchers aim to establish outcomes for studies in two patient groups: those aged up to 11 years old and those aged between 12-years-old and 25-years-old.

Study type: Electronic survey, in two parts

Funder: Shire International GmbH, a Takeda company, under IIR-GBR-000133

Sponsor: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)

Core Outcome Sets 

A Core Outcome Set (COS) is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that should be measured and reported in all research in a specific condition. 

The below video is a plain language summary produced by the COMET Initiative, which explains what outcomes are and the problems with using different outcomes in research. 

The importance of Core Outcome Sets

Ensuring that different trials report their outcomes in the same way enables researchers, doctors and patients to compare the effects of different treatments with greater ease and accuracy.We also know from initiatives to standardise the reporting of outcomes in other fields, that patients can have significantly different opinions as to which outcomes are important to them when compared to doctors. That is why in the COHERE study, the same weight will be given to views of patients, parents, clinicians and scientists.

How do we aim to achieve our goal?

Researchers working on the COHERE study will develop Core Outcome Set for head, neck and respiratory disease in MPS II for ages up to 11-years-old and 12 to 25-years-old. Researchers will use an electronic survey to determine what are the most important outcome measures for head, neck and respiratory disease in MPS II. This survey will allow individuals (patients, parents, doctors, nurses and scientists) to rank outcomes according to their importance and will allow participants to reflect on the opinions of others, before reaching a final decision on what are the key outcomes that should be measured in future studies.

Who can take part?

  • Indivduals with MPS II, aged 12-years-old to 25-years-old
  • Parents/carers of individuals with MPS II
  • Clinicians responsible for direct care and management of at least two individuals with MPS Type II in the last 12 months
  • Scientists who have worked in the field of MPS II within the last five years.

How can I take part?

Please download one of the below participant information sheets which is best suited to you before deciding to take part. Clicking links will open Word documents.

If you are happy to proceed, please continue to complete one or more of the below surveys which are best suited to you. Clicking links will open online surveys.

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More information about MPS

The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a family of inherited metabolic disorders, caused by specific lysosomal enzyme deficiencies, with resultant accumulation of partially degraded glycosaminoglycans (GAG) within tissues. The nature of GAG within the body means that a number of different organ systems can be affected at the same time. Eleven distinct types of MPS disorders have been classified, according to the particular enzyme that is deficient.