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Data collection, quality, and reporting

Section edited by Roberta Scherer

This section considers manuscripts that assess quality aspects of data collected in all types of medical research studies, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, along with how the data are reported in published form.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The reporting of randomised controlled trial (RCT) abstracts is of vital importance. The primary objective of this study was to investigate the association between structure format and RCT abstracts’ quality o...

    Authors: Fang Hua, Tanya Walsh, Anne-Marie Glenny and Helen Worthington

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2018 18:6

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Article summaries’ information and structure may influence researchers/clinicians’ decisions to conduct deeper full-text analyses. Specifically, abstracts of systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses (MA) sho...

    Authors: Francisco Gómez-García, Juan Ruano, Macarena Aguilar-Luque, Patricia Alcalde-Mellado, Jesús Gay-Mimbrera, José Luis Hernández-Romero, Juan Luis Sanz-Cabanillas, Beatriz Maestre-López, Marcelino González-Padilla, Pedro J. Carmona-Fernández, Antonio Vélez García-Nieto and Beatriz Isla-Tejera

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:180

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Evidence shows that research abstracts are commonly inconsistent with their corresponding full reports, and may mislead readers. In this scoping review, which is part of our series on the state of reporting of...

    Authors: Guowei Li, Luciana P. F. Abbade, Ikunna Nwosu, Yanling Jin, Alvin Leenus, Muhammad Maaz, Mei Wang, Meha Bhatt, Laura Zielinski, Nitika Sanger, Bianca Bantoto, Candice Luo, Ieta Shams, Hamnah Shahid, Yaping Chang, Guangwen Sun…

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:181

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Systematic reviews may provide less biased evidence than narrative reviews because they observe a strict methodology, similarly to primary studies. Hence, for clinical research questions, systematic reviews sh...

    Authors: Clovis Mariano Faggion Jr, Nikolaos P. Bakas and Jason Wasiak

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:176

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are becoming increasingly important methods to summarize published research. Studies of ophthalmology may present additional challenges because of their potentially complex...

    Authors: Seon-Young Lee, Harkiran Sagoo, Reem Farwana, Katharine Whitehurst, Alex Fowler and Riaz Agha

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:178

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Effectiveness of interventions in pragmatic trials may not translate directly into population impact, because of limited uptake by clinicians and/or the public. Uptake of an intervention is influenced by a num...

    Authors: Katy J. L. Bell, Amanda McCullough, Chris Del Mar and Paul Glasziou

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:174

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Personalized healthcare relies on the identification of factors explaining why individuals respond differently to the same intervention. Analyses identifying such factors, so called predictors and moderators, ...

    Authors: Ralph van Hoorn, Marcia Tummers, Andrew Booth, Ansgar Gerhardus, Eva Rehfuess, Daniel Hind, Patrick M. Bossuyt, Vivian Welch, Thomas P. A. Debray, Martin Underwood, Pim Cuijpers, Helena Kraemer, Gert Jan van der Wilt and Wietkse Kievit

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:173

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Summary of findings tables in systematic reviews are highly informative but require epidemiological training to be interpreted correctly. The usage of fishbone diagrams as graphical displays could offer resear...

    Authors: Gerald Gartlehner, Marie-Therese Schultes, Viktoria Titscher, Laura C. Morgan, Georgiy V. Bobashev, Peyton Williams and Suzanne L. West

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:169

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Clinical studies in children are necessary yet conducting multiple visits at study centers remains challenging. The success of “care-at-home” initiatives and remote clinical trials suggests their potential to ...

    Authors: Belinda von Niederhäusern, Ramon Saccilotto, Sabine Schädelin, Victoria Ziesenitz, Pascal Benkert, Marie-Luise Decker, Anya Hammann, Julia Bielicki, Marc Pfister and Christiane Pauli-Magnus

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:163

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  10. Content type: Research article

    As implementation science advances, the number of interventions to promote the translation of evidence into healthcare, health systems, or health policy is growing. Accordingly, classification schemes for thes...

    Authors: Susan E. Slaughter, Gabrielle L. Zimmermann, Megan Nuspl, Heather M. Hanson, Lauren Albrecht, Rosmin Esmail, Khara Sauro, Amanda S. Newton, Maoliosa Donald, Michele P. Dyson, Denise Thomson and Lisa Hartling

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:161

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a commonly used scale to measure severity of alcohol consumption that contains an item asking if anyone has expressed concern about your drinking or sug...

    Authors: John A. Cunningham, Alexandra Godinho, Vladyslav Kushnir and Nicolas Bertholet

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:158

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Regulations, study design complexity and amounts of collected and shared data in clinical trials render efficient data handling procedures inevitable. Recent research suggests that electronic data capture can ...

    Authors: Robert Fleischmann, Anne-Marie Decker, Antje Kraft, Knut Mai and Sein Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:153

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is an online portal operated by Amazon where ‘requesters’ (individuals or businesses) can submit jobs for ‘workers.’ MTurk is used extensively by academics as a quick and cheap means of...

    Authors: John A. Cunningham, Alexandra Godinho and Vladyslav Kushnir

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:156

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Our objective was to assess the frequency of data extraction errors and its potential impact on results in systematic reviews. Furthermore, we evaluated the effect of different extraction methods, reviewer cha...

    Authors: Tim Mathes, Pauline Klaßen and Dawid Pieper

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:152

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  15. Content type: Research article

    An up-to-date systematic review is important for researchers to decide whether to embark on new research or continue supporting ongoing studies. The aim of this study is to examine the time taken between the l...

    Authors: Wilson W. S. Tam, Kenneth K. H. Lo, Parames Khalechelvam, Joey Seah and Shawn Y. S. Goh

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:151

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The reproducibility of research is essential to rigorous science, yet significant concerns of the reliability and verifiability of biomedical research have been recently highlighted. Ongoing efforts across sev...

    Authors: Leslie D. McIntosh, Anthony Juehne, Cynthia R. H. Vitale, Xiaoyan Liu, Rosalia Alcoser, J. Christian Lukas and Bradley Evanoff

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:143

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The ACE-III, a gold standard for screening cognitive impairment, is restricted by language and culture, with no uniform set of guidelines for its adaptation. To develop guidelines a compilation of all the adap...

    Authors: Nadine Mirza, Maria Panagioti, Muhammad Wali Waheed and Waquas Waheed

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:141

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although there has been growing research on the burden of treatment, the current state of evidence on measuring this concept is unknown. This scoping review aimed to provide an overview of the current state of...

    Authors: Adem Sav, Asiyeh Salehi, Frances S. Mair and Sara S. McMillan

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:140

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Longitudinal studies using data collected as part of usual care risk providing biased results if visit times are related to the outcome of interest. Statistical methods for mitigating this bias are available b...

    Authors: Delaram Farzanfar, Asmaa Abumuamar, Jayoon Kim, Emily Sirotich, Yue Wang and Eleanor Pullenayegum

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:133

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