The use of tailored subheadings was successful in enhancing compliance with CONSORT in a dental journal

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dc.contributor.author Koletsi, Despina
dc.contributor.author Fleming, Padhraig S.
dc.contributor.author Behrents, Rolf G.
dc.contributor.author Lynch, Christopher D.
dc.contributor.author Pandis, Nikolaos
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-20T12:03:09Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-20T12:03:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-20
dc.identifier.citation Koletsi, Despina, Fleming, Padhraig S., Behrents, Rolf G., Lynch, Christopher D. and Pandis, Nikolaos (2017) 'The use of tailored subheadings was successful in enhancing compliance with CONSORT in a dental journal', Journal of Dentistry, 67, pp.66-71. doi:10.1016/j.jdent.2017.09.009 en
dc.identifier.volume 67 en
dc.identifier.startpage 66 en
dc.identifier.endpage 71 en
dc.identifier.issn 0300-5712
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5835
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jdent.2017.09.009
dc.description.abstract Objectives: Efforts to enhance the reporting of clinical trials have intensified in recent years with automated strategies and editorial involvement showing promise in improving compliance with accepted guidelines. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a concerted approach to adherence to CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials) guidelines in a dental journal. Materials and methods: Following the publication of an exemplar clinical trial on the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) website and related changes to the author guidelines, trial submissions were required to follow a standard format incorporating subheadings mirroring the CONSORT guidelines. Compliance with CONSORT was assessed in initial submissions over a 30-month period. Reporting was compared to submissions of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which did not include subheadings over the same period. Results: Seventy-one RCTs were submitted to the AJO-DO from January 2014 to June 2016, 49 with subheadings and 22 without. Most CONSORT items (e.g. random sequence generation, allocation concealment and blinding) were more frequently adequately reported when RCTs were submitted with inclusion of subheadings. Overall, reporting quality of the submitted RCTs was 15.2% higher with use of the subheadings format (95%CI: 10.5, 20.0; p < 0.001) with a mean overall score of 87.3%. Conclusion: Enhanced compliance of submitted RCTs was found with use of a bespoke approach to trial presentation utilizing CONSORT item subheadings. The improvement in initial submissions is particularly encouraging as this arose without input either from peer reviewers or journal editors. This simple approach may have wider applicability. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights © 2017, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Reporting guidelines en
dc.subject Orthodontics en
dc.subject Dentistry en
dc.subject Adherence en
dc.subject RCTs en
dc.subject AJODO en
dc.subject CONSORT en
dc.title The use of tailored subheadings was successful in enhancing compliance with CONSORT in a dental journal en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Christopher Lynch, Restorative Dentistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: chris.lynch@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2018-09-20
dc.date.updated 2018-04-20T11:40:42Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 434582149
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Dentistry en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress chris.lynch@ucc.ie en


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