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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

    In Germany, hospitals can deliver data from patients with pelvic fractures selectively or twofold to two different trauma registries, i.e. the German Pelvic Injury Register (PIR) and the TraumaRegister DGU® (T...

    Authors: Markus Burkhardt, Ulrike Nienaber, Joerg H Holstein, Ulf Culemann, Bertil Bouillon, Emin Aghayev, Thomas Paffrath, Marc Maegele, Tim Pohlemann and Rolf Lefering

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 13:30

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Statutory State-based cancer registries are considered the ‘gold standard’ for researchers identifying cancer cases in Australia, but research using self-report or administrative health datasets (e.g. hospital...

    Authors: Anna Kemp, David B Preen, Christobel Saunders, C D’Arcy J Holman, Max Bulsara, Kris Rogers and Elizabeth E Roughead

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 13:17

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that there are a number of factors which can be associated with delay in a patient seeking professional help following chest pain, including demographic and social factors. These factors may ...

    Authors: Susan K Baxter and Peter Allmark

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 13:15

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In research with long-term follow-up and repeated measurements, quick and complete response to questionnaires helps ensure a study’s validity, precision and efficiency. Evidence on the effect of non-monetary i...

    Authors: Lonneke B van der Mark, Karina E van Wonderen, Jacob Mohrs, Patrick JE Bindels, Milo A Puhan and Gerben ter Riet

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:186

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  5. Content type: Correspondence

    The syntheses of multiple qualitative studies can pull together data across different contexts, generate new theoretical or conceptual models, identify research gaps, and provide evidence for the development, ...

    Authors: Allison Tong, Kate Flemming, Elizabeth McInnes, Sandy Oliver and Jonathan Craig

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:181

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Studies on the health benefits from breastfeeding often rely on maternal recall of breastfeeding. Although short-term maternal recall has been found to be quite accurate, less is known about long-term accuracy...

    Authors: Siv Tone Natland, Lene Frost Andersen, Tom Ivar Lund Nilsen, Siri Forsmo and Geir W Jacobsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:179

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Self-reported anthropometric data are commonly used to estimate prevalence of obesity in population and community-based studies. We aim to: 1) Determine whether survey participants are able and willing to self...

    Authors: Anna L Bowring, Anna Peeters, Rosanne Freak-Poli, Megan SC Lim, Maelenn Gouillou and Margaret Hellard

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:175

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Adherences to treatments that require a behavioral action often rely on self-reported recall, yet it is vital to determine whether real time self reporting of adherence using a simple logbook accurately captur...

    Authors: Brianne A Jeffrey, Marian T Hannan, Emily K Quinn, Sheryl Zimmerman, Bruce A Barton, Clinton T Rubin and Douglas P Kiel

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:171

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  9. Content type: Correspondence

    Modelling studies are used widely to help inform decisions about health care and policy and their use is increasing. However, in order for modelling to gain strength as a tool for health policy, it is critical...

    Authors: Carol Bennett and Douglas G Manuel

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:168

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The longitudinal birth cohort study is the preferred design for studies of childhood health, particularly atopic disease. Still, prospective data collection depends on recollection of the medical history since...

    Authors: Nadja Hawwa Vissing, Signe Marie Jensen and Hans Bisgaard

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:160

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  11. Content type: Research article

    With the increasing use of probabilistically linked administrative data in health research, it is important to understand whether systematic differences occur between the populations with linked and unlinked r...

    Authors: Jason P Bentley, Jane B Ford, Lee K Taylor, Katie A Irvine and Christine L Roberts

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:149

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Various options exist for collecting biospecimens and biomarkers from cohort study participants, and these have important logistic, resource and scientific implications. Evidence on how different collection me...

    Authors: Emily Banks, Nicol Herbert, Kris Rogers, Tanya Mather and Louisa Jorm

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:147

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  13. Content type: Correspondence

    The Drug Effectiveness Review Project was initiated in 2003 in response to dramatic increases in the cost of pharmaceuticals, which lessened the purchasing power of state Medicaid budgets. A collaborative grou...

    Authors: Marian S McDonagh, Daniel E Jonas, Gerald Gartlehner, Alison Little, Kim Peterson, Susan Carson, Mark Gibson and Mark Helfand

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:140

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  14. Content type: Research article

    As part of our research programme into facilitating improved ways of communicating with patients, especially about more sensitive clinical issues, we have been investigating whether there are any non-verbal me...

    Authors: Helen R Carruthers, Linda Magee, Susan Osborne, Linda K Hall and Peter J Whorwell

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:136

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Databases used to study the care of patients in hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) typically contain a separate entry for each segment of hospital or ICU care. However, it is not uncommon for patients t...

    Authors: Randy Fransoo, Marina Yogendran, Kendiss Olafson, Clare Ramsey, Kari-Lynne McGowan and Allan Garland

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:133

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) may be discontinued because of apparent harm, benefit, or futility. Other RCTs are discontinued early because of insufficient recruitment. Trial discontinuation has ethical ...

    Authors: Benjamin Kasenda, Erik B von Elm, John You, Anette Blümle, Yuki Tomonaga, Ramon Saccilotto, Alain Amstutz, Theresa Bengough, Jörg Meerpohl, Mihaela Stegert, Kari A O Tikkinen, Ignacio Neumann, Alonso Carrasco-Labra, Markus Faulhaber, Sohail Mulla, Dominik Mertz…

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:131

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A systematic review is used to investigate the best available evidence of clinical safety and effectiveness of healthcare intervention. This requires methodological rigor in order to minimize bias and random e...

    Authors: Hyun-Ju Seo and Kyeong Uoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:129

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Retaining participants in cohort studies with multiple follow-up waves is difficult. Commonly, researchers are faced with the problem of missing data, which may introduce biased results as well as a loss of st...

    Authors: Amalia Karahalios, Laura Baglietto, John B Carlin, Dallas R English and Julie A Simpson

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:96

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are under-reported in administrative health datasets in NSW, Australia. Correct reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is essential to measure ...

    Authors: Lee K Taylor, Jason Bentley, Jennifer Hunt, Richard Madden, Sybille McKeown, Peter Brandt and Deborah Baker

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:91

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  20. Content type: Correspondence

    Local and regional scientific journals are important factors in bridging gaps in health knowledge translation in low-and middle-income countries. We assessed indexing, citations and publishing standards of jou...

    Authors: Ana Utrobičić, Nauman Chaudhry, Abdul Ghaffar and Ana Marušić

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:66

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