Reporting quality of abstracts of randomized controlled trials published in dental specialty journals

Seehra, Jadbinder; Wright, Natasha S; Polychronopoulou, Argy; Cobourne, Martyn T; Pandis, Nikolaos (2013). Reporting quality of abstracts of randomized controlled trials published in dental specialty journals. The journal of evidence-based dental practice, 13(1), pp. 1-8. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jebdp.2012.11.001

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OBJECTIVES A widespread assessment of the reporting of RCT abstracts published in dental journals is lacking. Our aim was to investigate the quality of reporting of abstracts published in leading dental specialty journals using, as a guide, the CONSORT for abstracts checklist. METHODS Electronic and supplementary hand searching were undertaken to identify RCTs published in seven dental specialty journals. The quality of abstract reporting was evaluated using a modified checklist based on the CONSORT for abstracts checklist. Descriptive statistics followed by univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted. RESULTS 228 RCT abstracts were identified. Reporting of interventions, objectives and conclusions within abstracts were adequate. Inadequately reported items included: title, participants, outcomes, random number generation, numbers randomized and effect size estimate. Randomization restrictions, allocation concealment, blinding, numbers analyzed, confidence intervals, intention-to-treat analysis, harms, registration and funding were rarely described. CONCLUSIONS The mean overall reporting quality score was suboptimal at 62.5% (95% CI: 61.9, 63.0). Significantly better abstract reporting was noted in certain specialty journals and in multicenter trials.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Orthodontics

UniBE Contributor:

Pandis, Nikolaos


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Eveline Carmen Schuler

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17 Feb 2014 16:12

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19 Mar 2019 14:27

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