Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE): explanation and elaboration

Vandenbroucke, JP; von Elm, E; Altman, DG; Gøtzsche, PC; Mulrow, CD; Pocock, SJ; Poole, C; Schlesselman, JJ; Egger, M; STROBE, Initiative (2007). Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE): explanation and elaboration. PLoS medicine, 4(10), e297. San Francisco, Calif.: Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040297

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Much medical research is observational. The reporting of observational studies is often of insufficient quality. Poor reporting hampers the assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of a study and the generalisability of its results. Taking into account empirical evidence and theoretical considerations, a group of methodologists, researchers, and editors developed the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) recommendations to improve the quality of reporting of observational studies. The STROBE Statement consists of a checklist of 22 items, which relate to the title, abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of articles. Eighteen items are common to cohort studies, case-control studies and cross-sectional studies and four are specific to each of the three study designs. The STROBE Statement provides guidance to authors about how to improve the reporting of observational studies and facilitates critical appraisal and interpretation of studies by reviewers, journal editors and readers. This explanatory and elaboration document is intended to enhance the use, understanding, and dissemination of the STROBE Statement. The meaning and rationale for each checklist item are presented. For each item, one or several published examples and, where possible, references to relevant empirical studies and methodological literature are provided. Examples of useful flow diagrams are also included. The STROBE Statement, this document, and the associated Web site (http://www.strobe-statement.org/) should be helpful resources to improve reporting of observational research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

von Elm, Erik Björn and Egger, Matthias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1549-1277

ISBN:

17941715

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:52

Last Modified:

26 Apr 2017 02:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pmed.0040297

PubMed ID:

17941715

Web of Science ID:

000251113600015

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.22113

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22113 (FactScience: 30458)

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