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    Inter-rater reliability of AMSTAR is dependent on the pair of reviewers

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:98

    Published on: 11 July 2017

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    Data cleaning and management protocols for linked perinatal research data: a good practice example from the Smoking MUMS (Maternal Use of Medications and Safety) Study

    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...

    Duong Thuy Tran, Alys Havard and Louisa R. Jorm

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:97

    Published on: 11 July 2017

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    Estimating parameters for probabilistic linkage of privacy-preserved datasets

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:95

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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    Selection bias and subject refusal in a cluster-randomized controlled trial

    Selection bias and non-participation bias are major methodological concerns which impact external validity. Cluster-randomized controlled trials are especially prone to selection bias as it is impractical to b...

    Rochelle Yang, Barry L. Carter, Tyler H. Gums, Brian M. Gryzlak, Yinghui Xu and Barcey T. Levy

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:94

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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    Barriers to publishing in biomedical journals perceived by a sample of French researchers: results of the DIAzePAM study

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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    Inverse probability of treatment-weighted competing risks analysis: an application on long-term risk of urinary adverse events after prostate cancer treatments

    To illustrate the 10-year risks of urinary adverse events (UAEs) among men diagnosed with prostate cancer and treated with different types of therapy, accounting for the competing risk of death.

    Charlotte A. Bolch, Haitao Chu, Stephanie Jarosek, Stephen R. Cole, Sean Elliott and Beth Virnig

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:93

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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    A DAG-based comparison of interventional effect underestimation between composite endpoint and multi-state analysis in cardiovascular trials

    Composite endpoints comprising hospital admissions and death are the primary outcome in many cardiovascular clinical trials. For statistical analysis, a Cox proportional hazards model for the time to first eve...

    Antje Jahn-Eimermacher, Katharina Ingel, Stella Preussler, Antoni Bayes-Genis and Harald Binder

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:92

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  8. Research Article

    Simulation of complex data structures for planning of studies with focus on biomarker comparison

    There are a growing number of observational studies that do not only focus on single biomarkers for predicting an outcome event, but address questions in a multivariable setting. For example, when quantifying ...

    Andreas Schulz, Daniela Zöller, Stefan Nickels, Manfred E. Beutel, Maria Blettner, Philipp S. Wild and Harald Binder

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:90

    Published on: 13 June 2017

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    Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression models: a tool to detect trajectory divergence between groups in long-term observational studies

    Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression (BHPR) modeling has not been previously formulated to detect and characterise the mechanism of trajectory divergence between groups of participants that have longitud...

    Marie-jeanne Buscot, Simon S. Wotherspoon, Costan G. Magnussen, Markus Juonala, Matthew A. Sabin, David P. Burgner, Terho Lehtimäki, Jorma S. A. Viikari, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Olli T. Raitakari and Russell J. Thomson

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:86

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  10. Research Article

    A nonparametric multiple imputation approach for missing categorical data

    Incomplete categorical variables with more than two categories are common in public health data. However, most of the existing missing-data methods do not use the information from nonresponse (missingness) pro...

    Muhan Zhou, Yulei He, Mandi Yu and Chiu-Hsieh Hsu

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:87

    Published on: 6 June 2017

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    Methodologic considerations in the design and analysis of nested case-control studies: association between cytokines and postoperative delirium

    The nested case-control study (NCC) design within a prospective cohort study is used when outcome data are available for all subjects, but the exposure of interest has not been collected, and is difficult or p...

    Long H. Ngo, Sharon K. Inouye, Richard N. Jones, Thomas G. Travison, Towia A. Libermann, Simon T. Dillon, George A. Kuchel, Sarinnapha M. Vasunilashorn, David C. Alsop and Edward R. Marcantonio

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:88

    Published on: 6 June 2017

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    Overview of systematic reviews of therapeutic ranges: methodologies and recommendations for practice

    Many medicines are dosed to achieve a particular therapeutic range, and monitored using therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). The evidence base for a therapeutic range can be evaluated using systematic reviews, t...

    Lewis Cooney, Yoon K. Loke, Su Golder, Jamie Kirkham, Andrea Jorgensen, Ian Sinha and Daniel Hawcutt

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:84

    Published on: 2 June 2017

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    Validity of self-reported weight and height: a cross-sectional study among Malaysian adolescents

    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, ...

    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

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:85

    Published on: 2 June 2017

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    Robust estimation of the expected survival probabilities from high-dimensional Cox models with biomarker-by-treatment interactions in randomized clinical trials

    Thanks to the advances in genomics and targeted treatments, more and more prediction models based on biomarkers are being developed to predict potential benefit from treatments in a randomized clinical trial. ...

    Nils Ternès, Federico Rotolo and Stefan Michiels

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:83

    Published on: 22 May 2017

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    Changes in affect after completing a mailed survey about trauma: two pre- and post-test studies in former disability applicants for posttraumatic stress disorder

    One potential concern with using mailed surveys containing trauma-related content is the possibility of re-traumatizing survivors without a trained mental health professional present. Prior research provides i...

    Maureen Murdoch, Shannon Marie Kehle-Forbes and Melissa Ruth Partin

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:81

    Published on: 10 May 2017

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    On comparison of net survival curves

    Relative survival analysis is a subfield of survival analysis where competing risks data are observed, but the causes of death are unknown. A first step in the analysis of such data is usually the estimation o...

    Klemen Pavlič and Maja Pohar Perme

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:79

    Published on: 2 May 2017

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    Double-adjustment in propensity score matching analysis: choosing a threshold for considering residual imbalance

    Double-adjustment can be used to remove confounding if imbalance exists after propensity score (PS) matching. However, it is not always possible to include all covariates in adjustment. We aimed to find the op...

    Tri-Long Nguyen, Gary S. Collins, Jessica Spence, Jean-Pierre Daurès, P. J. Devereaux, Paul Landais and Yannick Le Manach

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:78

    Published on: 28 April 2017

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    The effectiveness of a monetary incentive offer on survey response rates and response completeness in a longitudinal study

    Achieving adequate response rates is an ongoing challenge for longitudinal studies. The World Trade Center Health Registry is a longitudinal health study that periodically surveys a cohort of ~71,000 people ex...

    Shengchao Yu, Howard E. Alper, Angela-Maithy Nguyen, Robert M. Brackbill, Lennon Turner, Deborah J. Walker, Carey B. Maslow and Kimberly C. Zweig

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:77

    Published on: 26 April 2017

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    Sample size and power determination when limited preliminary information is available

    We describe a novel strategy for power and sample size determination developed for studies utilizing investigational technologies with limited available preliminary data, specifically of imaging biomarkers. We...

    Christine E. McLaren, Wen-Pin Chen, Thomas D. O’Sullivan, Daniel L. Gillen, Min-Ying Su, Jeon H. Chen and Bruce J. Tromberg

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2017 17:75

    Published on: 26 April 2017

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