Snapshot research is a relatively new cross-sectional study design, introduced in the United Kingdom in 2013. It is a form of collaborative research which is primarily initiated and conducted by residents, supervised by consultants. Snapshot research is particularly suited to investigate a common condition or treatment. By generating a population-based overview, this design rapidly provides insight in current clinical practice. Variation in practice enables to identify best practices and allows for hypothesis generating comparative analyses.
Snapshot Research in the Netherlands
In 2013, the National Surgical Research Collaborative published nationwide (British) outcomes of emergency appendectomy. In a study period of only two months, a total of 3326 patients were prospectively included from 95 hospitals. In analogue to this study, five successful Snapshot studies have been performed in the Netherlands: first the Snapshot study on appendicitis, followed by projects on rectal cancer, acute left-sided obstructive colon cancer, histopathological examination of appendix and galbladder and adhesive small bowel obstruction. Currently, patients for five different Snapshot studies are being recruited.Projects