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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

    Many health researchers are clinicians. Dual-role experiences are common for clinician-researchers in research involving patient-participants, even if not their own patients. To extend the existing body of lit...

    Authors: E. Jean C. Hay-Smith, Melanie Brown, Lynley Anderson and Gareth J. Treharne

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:95

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The importance of respecting patients’ preferences when making treatment decisions is increasingly recognized. Efficiently retrieving papers from the scientific literature reporting on the presence and nature ...

    Authors: Ralph van Hoorn, Wietske Kievit, Andrew Booth, Kati Mozygemba, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl, Pietro Refolo, Dario Sacchini, Ansgar Gerhardus, Gert Jan van der Wilt and Marcia Tummers

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:88

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Previous evaluations have documented that studies evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions are not always reported, and that those with statistically significant results are published more rap...

    Authors: Daniël A. Korevaar, Nick van Es, Aeilko H. Zwinderman, Jérémie F. Cohen and Patrick M. M. Bossuyt

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:68

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The volume and complexity of patient data – especially in personalised medicine – is steadily increasing, both regarding clinical data and genomic profiles: Typically more than 1,000 items (e.g., laboratory va...

    Authors: Martin Dugas, Alexandra Meidt, Philipp Neuhaus, Michael Storck and Julian Varghese

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:65

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Fatigue is the most frequent symptom reported by patients with chronic illnesses. As a subjective experience, fatigue is commonly assessed with patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). Currently, there are m...

    Authors: Åsa Nordin, Charles Taft, Åsa Lundgren-Nilsson and Anna Dencker

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:62

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Generic quality of life (QoL) instruments provide important measures of self-reported wellbeing that can be compared across healthy and clinical populations. The aim of this analysis is to validate the ten-ite...

    Authors: Ashley E. Muller, Svetlana Skurtveit and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:60

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to analyze whether Cochrane plain language summaries (PLSs) adhere to the Standards for the reporting of Plain Language Summaries in new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (PLEACS).

    Authors: Antonia Jelicic Kadic, Mahir Fidahic, Milan Vujcic, Frano Saric, Ivana Propadalo, Ivana Marelja, Svjetlana Dosenovic and Livia Puljak

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:61

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Patients presenting to the healthcare system with rotator cuff pathology do not always receive high quality care. High quality care occurs when a patient receives care that is accessible, appropriate, acceptab...

    Authors: Breda H. Eubank, Nicholas G. Mohtadi, Mark R. Lafave, J. Preston Wiley, Aaron J. Bois, Richard S. Boorman and David M. Sheps

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:56

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The implementation of multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation interventions is challenging, even when the intervention is evidence-based. Very little is known about the implementation of complex interventions ...

    Authors: Julie A Luker, Louise E Craig, Leanne Bennett, Fiona Ellery, Peter Langhorne, Olivia Wu and Julie Bernhardt

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:52

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Waist, hip, and neck circumference measurements are cost-effective, non-invasive, useful markers for body fat distribution and disease risk. For epidemiology and intervention studies, including body circumfere...

    Authors: Pamela Barrios, Jennifer Martin-Biggers, Virginia Quick and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:49

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Research has shown inconsistencies in results and difficulties in conceptualization of assessment of socioeconomic status (SES) among adolescents. The aim of this study was thus to test the validity of self-re...

    Authors: P. Svedberg, J. M. Nygren, C. Staland-Nyman and M. Nyholm

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:48

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  12. Content type: Research article

    To be able to make valid inferences on stated preference data from a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) it is essential that researchers know if participants were actively involved, understood and interpreted th...

    Authors: Jorien Veldwijk, Domino Determann, Mattijs S. Lambooij, Janine A. van Til, Ida J. Korfage, Esther W. de Bekker-Grob and G. Ardine de Wit

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:45

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Emerging communication technologies have had an impact on population-based telephone surveys worldwide. Our objective was to examine the potential biases of health estimates in South Australia, a state of Aust...

    Authors: Eleonora Dal Grande, Catherine R. Chittleborough, Stefano Campostrini and Anne W. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:44

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The use of comprehensive instruments for guideline appraisal is time-consuming and requires highly qualified personnel. Since practicing physicians are generally busy, the rapid-assessment Mini-Checklist (MiCh...

    Authors: Andrea Siebenhofer, Thomas Semlitsch, Thomas Herborn, Ulrich Siering, Ina Kopp and Johannes Hartig

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:39

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  15. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing number of meta-analyses including data from non-randomized studies for therapeutic evaluation. We aimed to systematically assess the methods used in meta-analyses including non-randomize...

    Authors: Timor Faber, Philippe Ravaud, Carolina Riveros, Elodie Perrodeau and Agnes Dechartres

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:35

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Rates of youth violence are disproportionately high in many low- and middle-income countries [LMICs] but existing reviews of risk factors focus almost exclusively on high-income countries. Different search str...

    Authors: Yulia Shenderovich, Manuel Eisner, Christopher Mikton, Frances Gardner, Jianghong Liu and Joseph Murray

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:32

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Clinician surveys provide critical information about many facets of health care, but are often challenging to implement. Our objective was to assess use by participants and non-participants of a prepaid gift c...

    Authors: Jane S. Chen, Brian L. Sprague, Carrie N. Klabunde, Anna N. A. Tosteson, Asaf Bitton, Tracy Onega, Charles D. MacLean, Kimberly Harris, Marilyn M. Schapira and Jennifer S. Haas

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:25

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Blinding is a pivotal method to avoid bias in randomised clinical trials. In blinded drug trials, experimental and control interventions are often designed to be matched, i.e. to appear indistinguishable. It i...

    Authors: Segun Bello, Maoling Wei, Jørgen Hilden and Asbjørn Hróbjartsson

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:18

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