Appendix B. Sources of evidence considered by the Committee

A. The Assessment Report for this appraisal was prepared by the Health Services Research Unit and the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen.

  • McCormack K, Wake B, Perez J et al. Systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair, December 2003.

  • McCormack K, Vale L, Grant A. Supplement to the systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair, May 2004

B. The following organisations accepted the invitation to participate in this appraisal. They were invited to make submissions and comment on the draft scope, Assessment Report and the Appraisal Consultation Document (ACD). Consultee organisations are provided with the opportunity to appeal against the Final Appraisal Determination.

I) Manufacturer/sponsors:

  • Atrium Medical Corporation

  • BARD Ltd

  • Conmed Corporation

  • Cory Brothers (Hosp Contracts) Co. Ltd

  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery

  • Eurosurgical Ltd

  • Gyrus Medical Limited

  • Karl Storz Endoscopy (UK) Ltd

  • Keymed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd

  • Mantis Surgical Ltd

  • Medical Innovations (Service Centre) Ltd

  • Nikomed Limited

  • Optec (UK) Ltd

  • Pentax UK Ltd

  • Richard Wolf UK Ltd

  • Rimmer Bros/RB Endoscopy

  • Rocket Medical Plc

  • Skymed Ltd

  • Smith & Nephew Healthcare Ltd

  • Tyco Ltd

  • W. L. Gore & Associates

II) Professional/specialist and patient/carer groups:

  • ABHI

  • Association of Endoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Association of Operating Department Practitioners

  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

  • British Association of Day Surgery

  • Department of Health


  • Men's Health Forum

  • National Association of Theatre Nurses

  • Royal College of Nursing

  • Royal College of Surgeons

  • South Manchester PCT

  • South Worcestershire PCT

  • Welsh Assembly Government

III) Commentator organisations (without the right of appeal):

  • British Medical Association

  • Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

  • National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Appraisals (NCCHTA)

  • NHS Confederation

  • NHS Information Authority

  • NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency

  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

C. The following individuals were selected from clinical expert and patient advocate nominations from the professional/specialist and patient/carer groups. They participated in the Appraisal Committee discussions and provided evidence to inform the Appraisal Committee's deliberations. They gave their expert personal view on laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair by attending the initial Committee discussion and/or providing written evidence to the Committee. They were also invited to comment on the ACD.

  • Professor M Bailey, President, Association of Endoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, representing the Association of Endoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland.

  • Mr DJ McCormack, Vice President, Association of Operating Department Practitioners, representing the Association of Operating Department Practitioners.