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Systematic Review evaluating the impact of CONSORT just published


A systematic review synthesising evidence from studies evaluating the impact of the 1996 and 2001 CONSORT checklists on the completeness of reporting within trial publications was published in the Cochrane Library.

The main comparisons of the review demonstrate that trials published in journals that endorse CONSORT are significantly more completely reported for several key CONSORT items than those published in non-endorsing journals or prior to endorsement in a given journal.

Turner L, Shamseer L, Altman DG, Weeks L, Peters J, Kober T, Dias S, Schulz KF, Plint AC, Moher D. Consolidated standards of reporting trials (CONSORT) and the completeness of reporting of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in medical journals. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: MR000030. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000030.pub2.

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An open-access executive summary of the review is anticipated to be published in Systematic Reviews in the coming weeks.

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