Developing a reporting guideline is a long and complex process involving many people. Although the CONSORT Statement has been endorsed by many journals, influential editorial groups, such as the World Association of Medical Journals, and translated into several languages, there is still much work to be done in terms of obtaining additional endorsements.
Several investigations have evaluated whether the CONSORT Statement improves the quality of reports of randomized controlled trials. These evaluations have been summarized in a recently published systematic review(50). The results of the review suggest that the use of the CONSORT Statement is associated with improved reporting of RCTs.
We believe that this kind of evidence is just the sort of information journals, editorial groups, and individuals need to help them decide upon whether to endorse the CONSORT Statement. If you would like to support the CONSORT Group, one of the best ways is to endorse the CONSORT Statement.
Include mention of the CONSORT Statement and refer to the CONSORT web link in the journal's instructions to authors for reporting of randomized trials, or in the organization&'s resource section.
"[journal name] requires a completed CONSORT 2010 checklist and flow diagram as a condition of submission when reporting the results of a randomized trial. Templates for these can be found here or on the CONSORT website [www.consort-statement.org] which also describes several CONSORT checklist extensions for different designs and types of data beyond two group parallel trials. At minimum, your article should report the content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of your trial report and may enhance its chances for eventual publication."
Additional resources to help journals develop editorial policies around reporting guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network website
Write an editorial in the journal to this effect along with the journal's policy on helping to improve the quality of reporting clinical trials.
Allow us to add your journal's name to its list of journal endorsers by completing the form below.
Include mention of the CONSORT extension for reporting abstracts of randomized trials and refer to the CONSORT web link on the conference instructions to authors, or in the organization's resource section.
Allow us to add your conference's name to its list of conference endorsers by contacting us.
Draw attention to the Statement in your documents and communication with members.
Bring the CONSORT Statement to the attention of professional organizations.
Thank you for considering endorsing the CONSORT Statement.