A systematic survey of the quality of research reporting in general orthopaedic journals
Parsons, Nicholas R., Hiskens, Richard, Price, Charlotte L., Achten, Juul and Costa, Matthew L.. (2011) A systematic survey of the quality of research reporting in general orthopaedic journals. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume, Vol.93-B (No.9). pp. 1154-1159. ISSN 0301-620XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1302/0301-620X.93B9.27193
The poor reporting and use of statistical methods in orthopaedic papers has been widely discussed by both clinicians and statisticians. A detailed review of research published in general orthopaedic journals was undertaken to assess the quality of experimental design, statistical analysis and reporting. A representative sample of 100 papers was assessed for compliance to CONSORT and STROBE guidelines and the quality of the statistical reporting was assessed using a validated questionnaire. Overall compliance with CONSORT and STROBE guidelines in our study was 59% and 58% respectively, with very few papers fulfilling all criteria. In 37% of papers patient numbers were inadequately reported; 20% of papers introduced new statistical methods in the 'results' section not previously reported in the 'methods' section, and 23% of papers reported no measurement of error with the main outcome measure. Taken together, these issues indicate a general lack of statistical rigour and are consistent with similar reviews undertaken in a number of other scientific and clinical research disciplines. It is imperative that the orthopaedic research community strives to improve the quality of reporting; a failure to do so could seriously limit the development of future research.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Orthopedics -- Periodicals, Orthopedics -- Statistical methods, Orthopedics -- Methodology -- Research, Musculoskeletal system -- Diseases -- Epidemiology, Experimental design, Systematic reviews (Medical research)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume|
|Publisher:||British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 1154-1159|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
Actions (login required)