• Now Published: CONSORT for Pragmatic Trials

    Dec 11 2008 12:00 PM

    The CONSORT Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new extension to the CONSORT Statement for reporting of pragmatic randomized controlled trials [1,2]. Pragmatic trials are designed to inform decisions about practice and help choose between options for care, however, poor reporting can reduce their usefulness.In developing this checklist, two, two-day, meetings were held in Toronto, Canada (January 2005 and March 2008) to discuss ways to increase the contribution of randomized controlled trials to healthcare decision making, focusing on pragmatic trials. Participants included … Continue Reading

  • Editing Medical Journals

    Sep 2 2008 2:50 PM

    Many editors edit a journal on a part-time basis, out of dedication to their discipline rather than as a career "“ and there is little support or training to help them. Responding to this need, the Editing Medical Journals course has been established as one of very few that provides an opportunity to review the overall editorial operation and discuss how to develop and grow a journal.Participation allows editors to meet peers and discuss successful techniques for developing their journal "“ meeting the needs of authors, readers, their publishers and the public (industry, … Continue Reading

  • Latest News from the EQUATOR Network

    Aug 29 2008 1:00 PM

    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

  • Guide on CONSORT and RCTs is Published

    Aug 28 2008 12:00 PM

    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

  • EQUATOR Network Successfully Launched

    Jul 4 2008 12:00 PM

    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

  • Now Published: A Survey About the Endorsement of the CONSORT Statement

    May 7 2008 12:00 PM

    There is evidence that the endorsement of the CONSORT Statement by journals has a positive impact on the quality of reports of randomized trials [1]. A newly published survey of journal editors and journal 'Instructions to Authors'[2] 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 [3], 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

  • Now Published: CONSORT for Non-Pharmacologic Treatments

    Feb 19 2008 12:00 PM

    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

  • Registation Now Open: EQUATOR Network Launch Meeting

    Feb 12 2008 12:00 PM

    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 ( 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

  • Now Published: CONSORT for Abstracts

    Jan 22 2008 12:00 PM

    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

  • EQUATOR Network Launch Meeting and 1st Annual Lecture

    Nov 27 2007 1:00 PM

    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