Webinar: Health Research Reporting Guidelines

This pre-recorded webinar provides an overview of health research reporting guidelines.

Issues regarding the quality of the published scientific literature have been long standing and predates the 1962 FDA requirement for safety and efficacy data before approval of new drugs.  In 1972, Archie Cochrane’s ‘Effectiveness and efficiency’ urged the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM), later defined by David Sackett as ‘the conscientious, explicit, judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.’ (Sackett et al 1996, BMJ)  JAMA and its’ deputy editor Drummond Rennie, in 1996, suggested that the SORT and Asilomar proposals for the reporting of randomized controlled trials be combined into a single set of recommendations which resulted in the publication of the CONSORT guidelines  CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) in 1996. CONSORT initially consisted of a checklist and flow diagram for reporting randomized controlled trials results.

In 2006 the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network was established as an international initiative seeking to improve the reliability of the health research literature published in scientific journal through the promotion of transparent and accurate reporting through the use of health research reporting guidelines. The EQUATOR Network, first directed by Douglas G Altman PhD, was started to coordinate and advances the work done by individual groups dating back to the 1990s.

The EQUATOR Network has continued to bring together guideline developers, scientific journal editors, peer reviewers, research funding organizations, and other stakeholders interested in improving the transparency and reproducibility of published health research. It now hosts a library of hundreds of health research reporting guidelines and extensions and is guided by an international Steering Group of leading experts in health research methods. It not only houses guidelines and extensions in medicine for systemic reviews (PRISMA), randomized controlled trials (CONSORT), observational studies (STROBE) and case reports (CARE); but also hosts of other guidelines and extensions (AGREE, STARD, SPIRIT, SRQR, SQUIRE, ARRIVE, CHEERS, TIDieR, etc.)

Date Available: May 26
Time: 11am ET/8am PT
Location: Virtual Pre-recording
Price: $50 for members, $75 for non members