ESPGHAN Working Group on Outcomes in Nutrition Trials

Chairperson: Merit Tabbers


  • Berthold Koletzko
  • Hania Szajewska
  • Margaret Ashwell
  • Raanan Shamir
  • Peter Aggett
  • Kurt Baerlocher
  • Paul Noakes
  • Christian Braegger
  • Philip Calder
  • Cristina Campoy Folgoso
  • Virginie Colomb
  • Tamás Decsi
  • Magnus Domellöf
  • Christophe Dupont
  • Mary Fewtrell
  • Johannes B. van Goudoever
  • Kim F. Michaelsen
  • Walter Mihatsch
  • Alfredo Guarino
  • Sibylle Koletzko
  • Jacques Rigo
  • Dominique Turck
  • Jan Taminiau
  • Marc Benninga
  • Merit Tabbers 


Core outcome sets are the baseline for what should be measured in clinical research and, thus, should serve as a guide for what should be collected and reported. The Consensus Group on Outcome Measures Made in Pediatric Enteral Nutrition Clinical Trials, established in 2012, agreed that consensus on a core set of outcomes with agreed-upon definitions that should be measured and reported in clinical trials was needed. To achieve this goal, six working groups (WGs) were setup.

  • Growth: Kim Fleischer Michaelsen
  • Acute diarrhoea: Hania Szajewska
  • Atopic dermatitis and cows’ milk protein allergy: Christophe Dupont
  • Infections (e.g. upper/lower respiratory tract, urinary tract): Alfredo Guarino
  • 'Gut comfort' (e.g. colic, constipation, bloating): Marc Beningna
  • Review of core data set: Bert Koletzko 


  • Koletzko B, Fewtrell M, Gibson R, van Goudoever JB, Hernell O, Shamir R, Szajewska H. Core data necessary for reporting clinical trials on nutrition in infancy. Ann Nutr Metab. 2015;66(1):31-5.
  • Karas J, Ashkenazi S, Guarino A, Lo Vecchio A, Shamir R, Vandenplas Y, Szajewska H; on behalf of the Consensus Group on Outcome Measures Made in Paediatric Enteral Nutrition Clinical Trials (COMMENT). A core outcome set for clinical trials in acute diarrhoea. Arch Dis Child. 2014 Nov 20. pii: archdischild-2014-307403. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307403. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25414251.
  • Koletzko B, Szajewska H, Ashwell M, Shamir R, Aggett P, Baerlocher K, Noakes P, Braegger C, Calder P, Campoy Folgoso C, Colomb V, Decsi T, Domellöf M, Dupont C, Fewtrell M, van Goudoever JB, Michaelsen KF, Mihatsch W, Guarino A, Koletzko S, Rigo J, Turck D, Taminiau J; Early Nutrition Academy and European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Committee on Nutrition –Consensus Group on Outcome Measures Made in Paediatric Enteral Nutrition Clinical Trials. Documentation of functional and clinical effects of infant nutrition: setting the scene for COMMENT. Ann Nutr Metab. 2012;60(4):222-32.