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Table 4 Quality of reporting of abstracts at BURNS annual meeting 2000 and 2008 according to the STROBE criteria for observational studies

From: Quality of reporting according to the CONSORT, STROBE and Timmer instrument at the American Burn Association (ABA) annual meetings 2000 and 2008

STROBE 2000   2008  
  oral poster   oral poster  
  N % n % p-value n % n % p-value
Total 77 100 47 100   98 100 64 100  
Title and abstract 0 0 0 0 - 2 2 1 2 1
Background/rationale 72 94 46 98 0.407 88 90 64 100 0.012
Objectives 50 65 36 77 0.172 73 74 25 39 < 0.001*
Study design 15 19 12 26 0.428 21 21 16 25 0.621
Setting 27 35 23 49 0.127 46 47 37 58 0.197
Participants 44 57 27 57 0.974 42 43 21 33 0.182
Variables 51 66 29 62 0.609 47 48 37 58 0.245
Data sources/measurement 25 32 18 38 0.508 31 32 11 17 0.037*
Bias 0 0 1 2 0.379 0 0 0 0 -
Study size 0 0 0 0 - 12 12 0 0 0.004*
Quantitative variables 9 12 3 6 0.533 12 12 1 2 0.016*
Statistical methods 15 19 7 15 0,512 27 28 10 16 0.072
Participants 30 39 24 51 0.187 56 57 41 64 0.422
Descriptive data 9 12 15 32 0.006* 31 32 23 36 0.601
Outcome data 61 79 43 91 0.083 81 83 58 91 0.198
Main result 66 86 44 94 0.246 81 83 60 94 0.085
Other analysis 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
Key result 63 82 43 91 0.19 83 85 61 95 0.066
Limitation 0 0 1 2 0.379 0 0 0 0 -
Interpretation 72 94 45 96 0.708 85 87 64 100 0.004*
Generalizability 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
Funding 0 0 0 0 - 24 24 15 23 0.85
  1. * Statistically significant (p < 0.05)