6 Recommendations for further research
6.1 The UK-based MRC-funded multi-centre CLASICC trial is now closed and is expected to publish results regarding long-term clinical outcomes and economic evaluation.
6.2 Further data on the long-term effectiveness and safety of the laparoscopic procedure in clinical practice should be collected. The Committee heard from the professional experts that there are ongoing clinical audit projects for bowel cancer. Collection of data specific to laparoscopic and open procedures that allow comparison of long-term efficacy and safety outcomes was deemed to be essential. The Committee therefore strongly recommended collaboration of the relevant professional bodies and relevant local NHS bodies to facilitate collection of relevant data.
6.3 Further research may be required to assess any differences in clinical and cost effectiveness between different laparoscopic techniques, including hand-port-assisted laparoscopic surgery.