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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Content type: Research article

    Scoping reviews are used to identify knowledge gaps, set research agendas, and identify implications for decision-making. The conduct and reporting of scoping reviews is inconsistent in the literature. We cond...

    Authors: Andrea C. Tricco, Erin Lillie, Wasifa Zarin, Kelly O’Brien, Heather Colquhoun, Monika Kastner, Danielle Levac, Carmen Ng, Jane Pearson Sharpe, Katherine Wilson, Meghan Kenny, Rachel Warren, Charlotte Wilson, Henry T. Stelfox and Sharon E. Straus

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:15

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Verbal autopsy (VA), the process of interviewing a deceased’s family or caregiver about signs and symptoms leading up to death, employs tools that ask a series of closed questions and can include an open narra...

    Authors: C. King, C. Zamawe, M. Banda, N. Bar-Zeev, J. Beard, J. Bird, A. Costello, P. Kazembe, D. Osrin and E. Fottrell

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:13

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Health care researchers working in the Arabian Gulf need information on how to optimize recruitment and retention of study participants in extremely culturally diverse settings. Implemented in Doha, Qatar in 2...

    Authors: Amal Khidir, Humna Asad, Huda Abdelrahim, Maha Elnashar, Amal Killawi, Maya Hammoud, Abdul Latif Al-Khal, Pascale Haddad and Michael D. Fetters

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:10

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To describe approaches used in systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies for assessing variability in estimates of accuracy between studies and to provide guidance in this area.

    Authors: Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Eleanor A. Ochodo, Wynanda A. Van Enst, Joris A. H. de Groot, Lotty Hooft, Mariska M. G. Leeflang, Patrick M. Bossuyt, Karel G. M. Moons and Johannes B. Reitsma

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:6

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Evidence mapping is an emerging tool used to systematically identify, organize and summarize the quantity and focus of scientific evidence on a broad topic, but there are currently no methodological standards....

    Authors: Ding Ding Wang, Marissa Shams-White, Oliver John M. Bright, J. Scott Parrott and Mei Chung

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:1

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Chalmers and Glasziou’s paper published in 2014 recommends research funding bodies should mandate that proposals for additional primary research are built on systematic reviews of existing evidence showing wha...

    Authors: Sheetal Bhurke, Andrew Cook, Anna Tallant, Amanda Young, Elaine Williams and James Raftery

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2015 15:108

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Harvest plots are used to graphically display evidence from complex and diverse studies or results. Overviews of reviews bring together evidence from two or more systematic reviews. Our objective was to determ...

    Authors: Katelynn Crick, Aireen Wingert, Katrina Williams, Ricardo M. Fernandes, Denise Thomson and Lisa Hartling

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2015 15:91

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Finding eligible studies for meta-analysis and systematic reviews relies on keyword-based searching as the gold standard, despite its inefficiency. Searching based on direct citations is not sufficiently compr...

    Authors: A. Cecile J W Janssens and M. Gwinn

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2015 15:84

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Research Methodology 2015 15:97

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