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Interventions to improve adherence to reporting guidelines in health research: a scoping review protocol

Blanco, David; Kirkham, Jamie J; Altman, Douglas G; Moher, David; Boutron, Isabelle; Cobo, Erik


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{
  "DOI": "10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-017551", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Blanco, David"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Kirkham, Jamie J"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Altman, Douglas G"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Moher, David"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Boutron, Isabelle"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Cobo, Erik"
    }
  ], 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2017, 
        11, 
        17
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p><strong>Introduction</strong> There is evidence that the use of some<br>\nreporting guidelines, such as the Consolidated Standards<br>\nfor Reporting Trials, is associated with improved<br>\ncompleteness of reporting in health research. However,<br>\nthe current levels of adherence to reporting guidelines are<br>\nsuboptimal. Over the last few years, several actions aiming<br>\nto improve compliance with reporting guidelines have been<br>\ntaken and proposed. We will conduct a scoping review of<br>\ninterventions to improve adherence to reporting guidelines<br>\nin health research that have been evaluated or suggested,<br>\nin order to inform future interventions.<br>\n<strong>Methods and analysis</strong> Our review will follow the Joanna<br>\nBriggs Institute scoping review methods manual. We will<br>\nsearch for relevant studies in MEDLINE, EMBASE and<br>\nCochrane Library databases. Moreover, we will carry out<br>\nlateral searches from the reference lists of the included<br>\nstudies, as well as from the lists of articles citing the<br>\nincluded ones. One reviewer will screen the full list, which<br>\nwill be randomly split into two halves and independently<br>\nscreened by the other two reviewers. Two reviewers will<br>\nperform data extraction independently. Discrepancies<br>\nwill be solved through discussion. In addition, this search<br>\nstrategy will be supplemented by a grey literature search.<br>\nThe interventions found will be classified as assessed or<br>\nsuggested, as well as according to different criteria, in<br>\nrelation to their target (journal policies, journal editors,<br>\nauthors, reviewers, funders, ethical boards or others) or<br>\nthe research stage at which they are performed (design,<br>\nconducting, reporting or peer review). Descriptive<br>\nstatistical analysis will be performed.<br>\n<strong>Ethics and dissemination</strong> A paper summarising the<br>\nfindings from this review will be published in a peer reviewed<br>\njournal. This scoping review will contribute to a<br>\nbetter understanding and a broader perspective on how<br>\nthe problem of adhering better to reporting guidelines<br>\nhas been tackled so far. This could be a major first<br>\nstep towards developing future strategies to improve<br>\ncompliance with reporting guidelines in health research.</p>", 
  "title": "Interventions to improve adherence to reporting guidelines in health research: a scoping review protocol", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "1061509"
}
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