From the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, University of Ottawa.
Controversies section editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, Senior Editor.
REPORTS OF RANDOMIZED controlled trials (RCTs) have become the "gold
standard" by which health care professionals make decisions about the effectiveness
of most interventions. Such reports, accurately documenting the conduct of
RCTs, should be of the highest possible quality to ensure that their results
are as free of bias as possible. Proposals to help improve the quality of
reports of RCTs have existed for some time.1,2
Unfortunately, the evidence indicates that there is still considerable room
for improvement in how RCTs are reported.
Moher D. CONSORT: An Evolving Tool to Help Improve the Quality of Reports of Randomized Controlled Trials. JAMA. 1998;279(18):1489-1491. doi:10.1001/jama.279.18.1489