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BMC Medical Research Methodology

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

    Systematic reviews (SRs) are an important source of information about healthcare interventions. A key component of a well-conducted SR is a comprehensive literature search. There is limited evidence on the con...

    Authors: Lisa Hartling, Robin Featherstone, Megan Nuspl, Kassi Shave, Donna M. Dryden and Ben Vandermeer

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:64

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The collection of routine clinical data in the setting of research registries can serve an important role in understanding real world care. However, relatively little is known about the patient experience in r...

    Authors: Daniel H. Solomon, Nancy A. Shadick, Michael E. Weinblatt, Michelle Frits, Christine Iannaccone, Agnes Zak and Joshua R. Korzenik

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:59

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Participant recruitment is an ongoing challenge in health research. Recruitment may be especially difficult for studies of access to health care because, even among those who are in care, people using services...

    Authors: Christopher J. Miller, James F. Burgess Jr., Ellen P. Fischer, Deborah J. Hodges, Lindsay K. Belanger, Jessica M. Lipschitz, Siena R. Easley, Christopher J. Koenig, Regina L. Stanley and Jeffrey M. Pyne

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:57

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Overviews of reviews (overviews) compile information from multiple systematic reviews (SRs) to provide a single synthesis of relevant evidence for decision-making. It is recommended that authors assess and rep...

    Authors: Michelle Pollock, Ricardo M. Fernandes and Lisa Hartling

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:48

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Vision influences functioning and disability of children with cerebral palsy, so there is a growing need for psychometrically robust tools to advance assessment of children’s vision abilities in clinical pract...

    Authors: Belinda Deramore Denver, Margareta Adolfsson, Elspeth Froude, Peter Rosenbaum and Christine Imms

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:46

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  6. Content type: Correspondence

    With the increasing implementation of web-based, mobile health interventions in clinical trials, it is crucial for researchers to address the security and privacy concerns of patient information according to h...

    Authors: Roy Eagleson, Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Alex McInnis, Eva Welisch, Stefanie De Jesus, Harry Prapavessis, Meghan Rombeek, Jamie A. Seabrook, Teresa Park and Kambiz Norozi

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:43

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Reporting of adverse events in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) is encouraged by the authors of The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement. With robust methodological design and adequa...

    Authors: Lindsay M. Gorrell, Roger M. Engel, Reidar P. Lystad and Benjamin T. Brown

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:41

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Proliferation of terms describing the science of effectively promoting and supporting the use of research evidence in healthcare policy and practice has hampered understanding and development of the field. To ...

    Authors: Peter Bragge, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Cynthia Lokker and Heather Colquhoun

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:38

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The development of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in hospitals offers the ability to reuse data from patient care activities for clinical research. EHR4CR is a European public-private partnership aiming to d...

    Authors: Yannick Girardeau, Justin Doods, Eric Zapletal, Gilles Chatellier, Christel Daniel, Anita Burgun, Martin Dugas and Bastien Rance

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:36

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The most rigorous method for evaluating the effectiveness of diagnostic tests is through randomised trials that compare test-treatment interventions: complex interventions comprising episodes of testing, decis...

    Authors: Lavinia Ferrante di Ruffano, Jacqueline Dinnes, Sian Taylor-Phillips, Clare Davenport, Chris Hyde and Jonathan J. Deeks

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:32

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  11. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing recognition for the need to expand our evidence base for the clinical effectiveness of diagnostic tests. Many international bodies are calling for diagnostic randomized controlled trials to ...

    Authors: Lavinia Ferrante di Ruffano, Jacqueline Dinnes, Alice J. Sitch, Chris Hyde and Jonathan J. Deeks

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:35

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is a need for improving cohort retention in longitudinal studies. Our objective was to identify cohort retention strategies and implementation approaches used in studies with high retention rates.

    Authors: Martha Abshire, Victor D. Dinglas, Maan Isabella A. Cajita, Michelle N. Eakin, Dale M. Needham and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:30

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In spite of efforts to employ risk-based strategies to increase monitoring efficiency in the academic setting, empirical evidence on their effectiveness remains sparse. This mixed-methods study aimed to evalua...

    Authors: Belinda von Niederhäusern, Annette Orleth, Sabine Schädelin, Nawal Rawi, Martin Velkopolszky, Claudia Becherer, Pascal Benkert, Priya Satalkar, Matthias Briel and Christiane Pauli-Magnus

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:26

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Linkage of administrative data sources often relies on probabilistic methods using a set of common identifiers (e.g. sex, date of birth, postcode). Variation in data quality on an individual or organisational ...

    Authors: Katie Harron, Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Ruth Gilbert and Harvey Goldstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:23

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Participation in epidemiological studies has strongly declined in recent years. We examined the reasons for (non)participation in population-based health studies among participants and nonparticipants of a pro...

    Authors: Manas K. Akmatov, Leonhard Jentsch, Peggy Riese, Marcus May, Malik W. Ahmed, Damaris Werner, Anja Rösel, Jana Prokein, Inga Bernemann, Norman Klopp, Blair Prochnow, Thomas Illig, Christoph Schindler, Carlos A. Guzman and Frank Pessler

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:18

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In conducting population-based surveys, it is important to thoroughly examine and adjust for potential non-response bias to improve the representativeness of the sample prior to conducting analyses of the data...

    Authors: Nida H. Corry, Christianna S. Williams, Mike Battaglia, Hope Seib McMaster and Valerie A. Stander

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:16

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Data on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is paramount for shared and evidence based decision-making. Since an overview of cervical cancer HRQoL tools and their validity appears to be lacking, we performe...

    Authors: Casper Tax, Marlie E. Steenbergen, Petra L. M. Zusterzeel, Ruud L. M. Bekkers and Maroeska M. Rovers

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:15

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Formative programme evaluations assess intervention implementation processes, and are seen widely as a way of unlocking the ‘black box’ of any programme in order to explore and understand why a programme funct...

    Authors: Willem Odendaal, Salla Atkins and Simon Lewin

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:173

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data are commonly used to simultaneously analyse correlated data in single study cases. Synthesis of evidence from multiple studies using meta-analysis is a natu...

    Authors: Maria Sudell, Ruwanthi Kolamunnage-Dona and Catrin Tudur-Smith

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:168

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Research reporting results of clinical trials, psychosocial or technological interventions frequently omit critical details needed to inform implementation in practice. The aim of this article is to develop an...

    Authors: Amy Streater, Aimee Spector, Elisa Aguirre, Jacki Stansfeld and Martin Orrell

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:167

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