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January 6, 1999

Evaluating Reporting and Abstracts of Clinical Trials—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(1):34-35. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-1-jbk0106

In Reply: For our study and in using CONSORT descriptors1 as a "gold standard" for assessing reporting of randomized clinical trials, we developed and pretested our instrument using randomized controlled trials in ophthalmology reported in journals or published in years not included in our study. We have not tested the instrument using reports of clinical trials in other disciplines or for interrater reliability and welcome suggestions and comments from Drs Mago and Crits-Christoph as they test our instrument. Indeed, at their request, we have forwarded a copy of our data collection instrument and instructions to them.

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