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Assessment of the quality of reporting of randomized clinical trials in paediatric dentistry: A comparative systematic review

Alnamankany, A; Ashley, P; (2020) Assessment of the quality of reporting of randomized clinical trials in paediatric dentistry: A comparative systematic review. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences , 15 (1) pp. 1-7. 10.1016/j.jtumed.2019.12.006. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES This systematic review aimed to determine the improvement in quality of the reporting of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in paediatric dentistry. The quality of reporting during the period 2014–2015 was compared with the quality of reporting during 1985–2006. METHODS This systematic review compared the scientific quality of RCTs in paediatric dentistry published in five paediatric dentistry journals during the defined periods. The Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials (CONSORT) checklist of 2010 was used to evaluate the quality of reporting. The inter-reviewers’ agreement was assessed by calculating the kappa score, and disagreements between reviewers were resolved by consequent discussion. The p values and percentages were used to test for significant differences between the two reviews (1985–2006 and 2014–2015). RESULTS A total of 40 articles were included. Although the quality of reporting showed considerable heterogeneity, the overall quality of reporting by RCTs was satisfactory and had improved over the years. CONCLUSIONS Using CONSORT checklist, this study showed general improvement in the quality of reporting of RCTs published in pediatric dentistry journals in all article's sections.

Type: Article
Title: Assessment of the quality of reporting of randomized clinical trials in paediatric dentistry: A comparative systematic review
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtumed.2019.12.006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2019.12.006
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/4.0/).
Keywords: Paediatric dentistry; Published articles; RCTs; Reporting; Scientific quality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute > EDI Craniofacial and Development Sci
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092686
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