Dear Colleagues, The summer issue of the regular EQUATOR Newsletter has been slightly delayed as much of the work has slowed down due to summer vacations. However, there are some important news and developments we would like to share with you. Please read below:
I. Draft 'Medicine Quality Assessment Reporting Guidelines (MEQARD)' "“ seeking comments
The EQUATOR Network was recently approached by Dr. Paul Newton who is an infectious disease doctor from the Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Collaboration currently working in Laos. Paul's group seeks comments on … Continue Reading
Interpreting and Reporting Clinical Trials. A guide to the CONSORT Statement and the principles of randomised controlled trials
Edited by Anthony Keech, Val Gebski and Rhana Pike of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Centre in Sydney, Australia, this book explains and expands upon each of the items in the CONSORT checklist to elucidate how best to undertake and learn from clinical trials.
This guide is for all those involved in the planning, conduct and interpretation of clinical research. For more information on the book and how to order, visit … Continue Reading
Last week, the EQUATOR Network, a new initiative that aims to improve the quality of health research reporting, held its launch conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London followed by the 1st EQUATOR Annual Lecture presented by Sir Iain Chalmers.
The meeting was a true success: 180 participants from 14 countries, fantastic speakers and very stimulating atmosphere resulted in lively discussions and lot of thoughts to take home. Presentation slides are now available online, many thanks to all speakers for providing their materials.
The EQUATOR team would also like to thank all … Continue Reading
There is evidence that the endorsement of the CONSORT Statement by journals has a positive impact on the quality of reports of randomized trials . A newly published survey of journal editors and journal 'Instructions to Authors' captures a current account of how CONSORT is endorsed in high impact medical journals.As a follow-up to a study conducted by Altman in 2003 , who also studied 'Instructions to Authors' of high impact journals, Hopewell et al. examined an updated sample in 2007. One hundred and sixty-five journals were included, of which 62 (38%) mentioned the CONSORT … Continue Reading
The CONSORT Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new extension to the CONSORT Statement for reporting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing non-pharmacologic treatments (NPT) [1, 2]. NPT concerns a wide range of treatments such as surgery, technical interventions, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, implantable and non-implantable devices and complementary medicine. Assessing these treatments raises specific issues such as difficulties of blinding, complexity of the intervention and influence of care providers' expertise and volume of care of centres … Continue Reading
Achieving Transparency in Reporting Health Research
1st EQUATOR Annual Lecture presented by Sir Iain Chalmers
Thursday 26th June 2008; 10:00h "“ 16:30h
The Royal Society of Medicine1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, UK
The EQUATOR Network (http://www.equator-network.org/) is a new international initiative that aims to improve the reliability of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research.
Researchers, editors and peer reviewers put an incredible effort into the production of health research … Continue Reading
The CONSORT Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new extension to the CONSORT Statement for reporting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in journal and conference abstracts.[1,2] Clear, transparent, and sufficiently detailed abstracts of conferences and journal articles are important, because readers often base their assessment of a trial solely on information in the abstract. We have extended the CONSORT Statement to develop a minimum list of essential items that authors should consider when reporting the main results of a RCT in any journal or conference abstract.
In … Continue Reading
This is a preliminary announcement of the EQUATOR Network official launch meeting including the 1st Annual EQUATOR Lecture. The event will be held on 26 June 2008 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, UK.
The meeting will focus on the importance of high quality reporting of health research and will introduce the EQUATOR Network resources and training programme.
The meeting should be of great interest to publishers and editors of medical journals, peer reviewers, researchers, medical writers, representatives of research funding bodies, developers of reporting guidelines, individuals … Continue Reading
We are pleased to announce a launch of a new website providing resources for good reporting of health research. The resources are aimed at researchers (authors of research articles), journal editors, peer reviewers, and developers of reporting guidelines.
The most important website feature is a collection of reporting guidelines that includes:
CONSORT Statement (for reporting randomised controlled trials)
QUOROM, recently renamed PRISMA (for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised trials)
STROBE Statement (for reporting observational … Continue Reading
The CONSORT executive and staff met in Oxford, UK, for a three-day meeting in mid-September 2007 to discuss current issues concerning CONSORT and to work on updating the 2001 CONSORT Statement.
Revision of the CONSORT Statement
One of the highest priority agenda items was the revision of the CONSORT checklist. Since the larger CONSORT Group meeting in Montebello, Canada, in January 2007, the executive have been working on revising the CONSORT checklist, taking into account the suggestions of the Group. After many versions, a draft was circulated to the wider Group in August 2007. At the … Continue Reading