Appendicitis is a very common condition, impacting almost 1 out of 5 people. Unless you have had your appendix removed, you are at risk for appendicitis. For over 100 years, the primary treatment for appendicitis has been the surgical removal of the appendix, called an appendectomy. In Europe, and more recently the United States, some doctors have started to challenge the notion that appendectomy is needed, instead treating with antibiotics alone. The advantage of a non-surgical approach to treatment is avoiding the risk to patients that come with surgery. However, while non-surgical treatment appears to be safe, people only receiving antibiotics remain at risk for appendicitis in the future. It is not clear if treatment with antibiotics alone is as effective as appendectomy in the long run or which treatment approach is considered better by patients.

The goal of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) is to assess the benefits and harms of treatment options to help inform decision-making, and the treatment of appendicitis is a great example of an area where PCOR is needed.

Given the lack of clear evidence to inform the best treatments for patients with appendicitis, surgeons at CERTAIN hospitals in Washington State are developing a study to answer this question: is treating patients with antibiotics alone as effective as appendectomy? We are looking for input from patients, clinicians, policymakers and others to guide our next steps and hope you will answer a few brief questions!

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* 1. How interested would you be to learn about the findings of this study to determine if treating patients with antibiotics alone is as effective as appendectomy?

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* 2. The question to be answered with this study is, "is treating patients with antibiotics alone as effective as appendectomy?" How important is answering this question for the healthcare system?

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* 3. If you experienced appendicitis, would you want your doctor to give you more information about participating in a study to compare approaches to treatment (antibiotics alone vs appendectomy)?

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* 4. Below are things we might measure as part of the study. Please rank these items in order of importance to you (1=most important).

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* 5. Were there any areas that would be important to measure that we missed above? What other things should we consider in the development of this study?

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* 6. Are you interested in helping us plan this study? If you select yes, we will contact you to tell you more about how you can get involved.

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* 7. If you answered "Yes" to question #6, please enter your contact information here so we can follow-up with you. If you are not interested, please leave this question blank.

Thank you for your time! Please click "Done" to submit your responses. 

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