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Reporting standards for child health research were few and poorly implemented

Li, Qinyuan; Zhou, Qi; Florez, Ivan D; Mathew, Joseph L; Amer, Yasser Sami; Estill, Janne; Smyth, Rosalind Louise; ... RESCUE Working Group; + view all (2023) Reporting standards for child health research were few and poorly implemented. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology , 158 pp. 141-148. 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2023.03.017. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify existing reporting standards for child health research, assess the robustness of the standards development process, and evaluate the dissemination of these standards. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We searched MEDLINE, the EQUATOR Network Library and Google to identify reporting standards for child health research studies. We assessed the adherence of the Guidance for Developers of Health Research Reporting Guidelines (GDHRG) by the identified reporting standards. We also assessed the use of the identified reporting standards by primary research studies, and the endorsement of the included reporting standards by journals. RESULTS: We identified six reporting standards for child health research, including two under development. Among the four available standards, their median adherence to the 18 main steps of the GDHRG was 58.35% (range: 27.8%-83.3%). None of these four reporting standards had been endorsed by pediatric journals indexed by the Science Citation Index. Only 26 primary research studies declared that they followed one of the reporting standards. CONCLUSION: There is a quantitative and qualitative paucity of well-developed reporting standards for child health research. The available standards are also poorly implemented. This situation demands an urgent need to develop robust standards and ensure their implementation.

Type: Article
Title: Reporting standards for child health research were few and poorly implemented
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2023.03.017
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2023.03.017
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: adherence, child health research, dissemination, endorsement, EQUATOR, reporting standard
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 Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10168054
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