Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
Elizabeth Moylan, Senior Editor at BioMed Central, writes about publication bias in animal research, the importance of publishing negative results, and the role of preclinical study registration. But is there a one-size solution that could fit all? This week the … Read More23/01/2015 Planning a systematic review? Think protocols
While much of the focus on reducing waste in research has been on primary studies, in particular clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta analyses can compound the problem. Here, Larissa Shamseer, PhD candidate in the … Read More06/01/2015 Introducing the Transparent Reporting of a Multivariable Prediction Model for Individual Prognosis or Diagnosis Initiative: The TRIPOD Statement
Gary Collins, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford introduces TRIPOD. Decisions based on clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care. For example, … Read More23/10/2014 Ginny Barbour: I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists
PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. This blog was orginally published as one of eight in PLOS Medicine’s 10th Anniversary blog series on the most interesting … Read More12/08/2014 B.J. Visser: How much money do we waste on research?
It has been claimed that 85% of biomedical research is wasted because of inadequate production and reporting of research. This implies a considerable financial loss for society and industry Read More03/07/2014 E. Wager: Why aren’t researchers told about reporting guidelines?
Liz Wager reflects on a recent talk that she gave to postgraduate students at a careers day for biomedical researchers considering working in medical communications Read More02/06/2014 D. Bishop: Data sharing: not easy but ultimately essential
Professor Dorothy Bishop shares her own experience of sharing her research data. She finds that despite making a great effort to be accurate error is inevitable and unavoidable in science, however careful you try to be. The best way to flush out these errors is to make the data publicly available. Read More28/02/2014 S. Kirtley: Can librarians contribute to increasing value and reducing waste in medical research?
The recently published Lancet series on waste in biomedical research provides a fascinating and thought provoking glimpse into the complex world of medical research and the myriad of issues that can disrupt completion and use of high quality research Read More20/12/2013 D. Riley: The CARE guidelines
We created a consensus-based set of reporting guidelines for case reports to increase the quality of reporting from patient encounters and lead into a systematic data collection effort Read More26/11/2013 P. McCulloch: The IDEAL Collaboration
The IDEAL framework outlines a realistic view of how surgical interventions, medical devices and other complex interventions actually develop in practice. Evaluation needs to recognise these stages of development, and both reporting standards and methodology need to be tailored Read More
I recently attended the 8th Congress on Peer Review in Chicago (10-12 September 2017). Unusually this event takes place only every 4 years, so this was the 8th such Congress in a series starting in 1989. I’m one of very...