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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

    Illness perceptions involve the personal beliefs that patients have about their illness and may influence health behaviours considerably. Since an instrument to measure these perceptions for Malay population i...

    Authors: Boon-How Chew, Rimke C. Vos, Monique Heijmans, Sazlina Shariff-Ghazali, Aaron Fernandez and Guy E. H. M. Rutten

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:118

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  2. Content type: Research article

    More patient-specific medical care is expected as more is learned about variations in patient responses to medical treatments. Analytical tools enable insights by linking treatment responses from different typ...

    Authors: Joe Alexander, Roger A. Edwards, Alberto Savoldelli, Luigi Manca, Roberto Grugni, Birol Emir, Ed Whalen, Stephen Watt, Marina Brodsky and Bruce Parsons

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:113

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The application of adaptive design methodology within a clinical trial setting is becoming increasingly popular. However the application of these methods within trials is not being reported as adaptive designs...

    Authors: Pankaj Mistry, Janet A Dunn and Andrea Marshall

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:108

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  4. Content type: Debate

    The standard definition for protocol adherence is the proportion of all scheduled doses that are delivered. In clinical research, this definition has several limitations when evaluating protocol adherence in t...

    Authors: F. Lauzier, N. K. Adhikari, A. Seely, K. K. Y. Koo, E. P. Belley-Côté, K. E. A. Burns, D. J. Cook, F. D’Aragon, B. Rochwerg, M. E. Kho, S. J. W. Oczkowksi, E. H. Duan, M. O. Meade, A. G. Day and F. Lamontagne

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:106

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Inter-rater reliability (IRR) is mainly assessed based on only two reviewers of unknown expertise. The aim of this paper is to examine differences in the IRR of the Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews (AMST...

    Authors: Dawid Pieper, Anja Jacobs, Beate Weikert, Alba Fishta and Uta Wegewitz

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:98

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Data cleaning is an important quality assurance in data linkage research studies. This paper presents the data cleaning and preparation process for a large-scale cross-jurisdictional Australian study (the Smok...

    Authors: Duong Thuy Tran, Alys Havard and Louisa R. Jorm

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:97

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Probabilistic record linkage is a process used to bring together person-based records from within the same dataset (de-duplication) or from disparate datasets using pairwise comparisons and matching probabilit...

    Authors: Adrian P. Brown, Sean M. Randall, Anna M. Ferrante, James B. Semmens and James H. Boyd

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:95

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  8. Content type: Research article

    As publishing is essential but competitive for researchers, difficulties in writing and submitting medical articles to biomedical journals are disabling. The DIAzePAM (Difficultés des Auteurs à la Publication d’A...

    Authors: Martin Duracinsky, Christophe Lalanne, Laurence Rous, Aichata Fofana Dara, Lesya Baudoin, Claire Pellet, Alexandre Descamps, Fabienne Péretz and Olivier Chassany

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:96

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Administrative data is a useful tool for research and quality improvement; however, validity of research findings based on these data depends on their reliability. Diagnoses assigned by physicians are subseque...

    Authors: Kristin Burles, Grant Innes, Kevin Senior, Eddy Lang and Andrew McRae

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:89

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Self-reported weight and height are commonly used in lieu of direct measurements of weight and height in large epidemiological surveys due to inevitable constraints such as budget and human resource. However, ...

    Authors: C. C. Kee, K. H. Lim, M. G. Sumarni, C. H. Teh, Y. Y. Chan, M. I. Nuur Hafizah, Y. K. Cheah, E. O. Tee, Y. Ahmad Faudzi and M. Amal Nasir

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:85

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership aims to study international differences in cancer survival and the possible causes. Participating countries are Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and ...

    Authors: Line Hvidberg, Anette Fischer Pedersen, Christian Nielsen Wulff, Anders Helles Carlsen and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:74

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decade, there have been substantial changes in landline and mobile phone ownership, with a substantial increase in the proportion of mobile-only households. Estimates of daily smoking rates for t...

    Authors: Joseph Hanna, Damien V. Cordery, David G. Steel, Walter Davis and Timothy C. Harrold

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:65

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Posttraumatic growth is the positive change resulting from traumatic experiences and is typically assessed with retrospective measures like the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). The PTGI was designed to i...

    Authors: Navjot Kaur, Ben Porter, Cynthia A. LeardMann, Laura E. Tobin, Hector Lemus and David D. Luxton

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:69

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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