Ensuring inclusion of research reports in systematic reviews
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2009, vol. 90 , issue 11 Suppl, pp S60-S69.
Rehabilitation is supported by research evidence that is limited in both number and qUality. In order for more and better evidence to be published, researchers need to improve their reports of randomized controlled trials and other interventional
research. Making it likely that these reports can conttibute to the cumulation of scientific knowledge-llirough their inclusion in systematic reviews imposes some special requirements. This article discusses the following steps that investigators should
follow: trial registration; reliance on Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials guidelines in protocol development and report writing; use of recommendations by authoritative groups for the use of specific measures or data sets; adherence in
wliting to the style and other guidelines offered by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the International Committee of Medical Joumal Editors, and the target jomnal's instructions for authors; clear
declarations of deviations from commonly accepted study methods; and use of infonna1 peer review. Key Words: Clinical trials as topic; Peer review; research; Publishing; Rehabilitation. © 2009 by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
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