More Spine Studies Complying With Randomized Controlled Trial Criteria NeededWritten by Laura Miller | July 14, 2011
The authors of a recent study analyzing randomized controlled trial reporting in spine literature recommends surgeons and scientists place greater emphasis on complying with randomized controlled study guidelines to improve quality data, according to the study's abstract published in Spine.
The researchers examined all randomized controlled trials published in three spine journals from 2008 in regards to the 40 criteria derived from the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials. A total of 32 RCTs met these criteria.
Among these studies, the average modified CONSORT score was 65 percent. Disclosing certain criteria, such as the method of generation of random sequence, allocation concealment and identification of outcome measures, was associated with a higher overall score. The inclusion of a flow chart or description of the patient numbers at different stages was also associated with a higher score.
Read the abstract about spine studies.
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