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Table 2 Distribution and baseline characteristics of sample abstracts

From: Determinants of abstract acceptance for the Digestive Diseases Week – a cross sectional study

  CCT OCR BSS Total
Total 326 455 219 1,000
analytical design 326(100%) 331(73%) 174(79%) 831 (83%)
descriptive design - 124 (27%) 45 (21%) 169(17%)
Country region     
US/Canada 88 (27%) 181 (40%) 121 (55%) 390 (39%)
NW-Europe/Austr. 138(42%) 135 (30%) 44 (20%) 317(32%)
SE-Europe 52(16%) 62 (14%) 9 (4%) 123 (13%)
other 48(15%) 77(17%) 45 (21%) 170 (17%)
Language     
no or minor errors 301 (92%) 416(91%) 210(96%) 927 (93%)
major errors 25 (8%) 39 (8%) 9 (4%) 73 (7%)
Median sample size/group     
subtype 1 parallel: 30 T & D: 22 animal: 6  
subtype 2 cross over: 10 epid.: 38 other: n/a  
subtype 3   physiol: 10   
Quality score     
median 0.66 0.52 0.51  
IQR 0.62–0.70 0.44–0.58 0.44–0.57  
Stat. significancea     
positive 140 (43%) 149 (45%) 65 (37%) 354 (42%)
negative 99 (30%) 41 (12%) 7 (4%) 147(18%)
equivocal 87 (27%) 141 (43%) 102 (59%) 330 (40%)
  1. aanalytical studies only