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An assessment of the quality of reporting randomised controlled trials published in paediatric dentistry journals.
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PMID:  25348112     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: The objectives of this study are to compare the quality of reporting of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in 2011 and 2012 within five paediatric dentistry journals.
STUDY DESIGN: RCTs published in the years 2011 and 2012 were hand-searched by one reviewer. After randomisation and blinding, these journals were independently scored by two blinded reviewers based on the CONSORT 2010 checklist.
METHODS: A total of 59 articles were included for analysis and 70 criteria were scored dichotomously as '1' when reported and '0' when not reported. Descriptive statistics and one-way ANOVA tests were performed.
RESULTS: The Gwets AC1 Inter rater reliability coefficient was calculated as 0.85 (95 % C.I 0.84-0.86) indicating excellent correlation between the two reviewers. Only 19 articles (32.2 %) reported more than half (35/70) of the expected criteria. Descriptive statistics showed that sections such as introduction, results and discussion were reported better than abstract, materials and methods and other information. One-way ANOVA tests showed no significant difference (p > 0.05) in the reporting of criteria across different journals and there was also no significant difference between the articles published in 2011 and 2012 (p > 0.05).
CONCLUSION: The general quality of reporting of RCTs in paediatric dentistry journals was inadequate. Authors, reviewers and journal guidelines must work together towards a common goal for improving the quality of reporting of RCTs.
S Rajasekharan; J Vandenbulcke; L Martens
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  European archives of paediatric dentistry : official journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1818-6300     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Arch Paediatr Dent     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101277157     Medline TA:  Eur Arch Paediatr Dent     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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