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How to publish a research paper: reporting guidelines November, 15, 2014. Janna Friedly M.D. Assistant Professor University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Associate Director, Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC). Disclosures.
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Janna Friedly M.D.
University of Washington
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Associate Director, Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC)
Completeness of reporting of RCTs is not optimal
Use of mandatory reporting guidelines improves completeness
Fraud in reporting is still an issue
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Nov Consolidated standards of reporting trials (CONSORT) and the completeness of reporting of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in medical journals. Turner et. al.
ELEVATING THE QUALITY OF DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH: MANDATORY USE OF THE REPORTING GUIDELINES
Chan L, Heinemann AW, Roberts J. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014;95(3):415–17.
Reporting guidelines are tools developed to aid accurate and complete reporting of key aspects of research studies.
They are becoming required for submissions by more and more journals (BMJ, Lancet, Archives).
A large group of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation journals (28+) have agreed to require these for submission.
Five Main Guidelines
CONSORT – Randomized Controlled Trials (checklist & flow diagram)
STROBE – Observational Studies (checklist)
PRISMA – Systematic Reviews Meta-Analysis (checklist & flow diagram)
STARD – Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (checklist & flow diagram)
CARE – Case Reports (checklist)
Go to www.equator-network.org for more details.
No jargon, no cliches
Nouns and verbs > adjectives and adverbs
Active vs. passive writing
Review the appropriate reporting guideline when designing your research study
Involve a statistician as early as possible
Register all studies with Clinicaltrials.gov accurately, completely and before starting enrollment
Know your target journal and review requirements early