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May 14, 2007

Guidelines and Consensus Statements Regarding the Conduction and Reporting of Clinical Research Studies

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(9):877. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.9.877

During the last 2 decades, various groups of investigators have developed and published guidelines and consensus statements aiming to help researchers improve the quality of conduction and reporting of research projects. It was stated that the quality of reporting of randomized controlled trials has improved with the use of the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) statement.1 However, the use of such statements has not been very common for studies using other methods. For example, a recent study suggested that the quality of reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies has not improved considerably over time.2

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