Reporting of Results
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Reporting of Results book
Reporting of the results from a clinical trial is one of the most anxiously awaited aspects of the clinical trials process. This reporting can take on many forms: reports to investigators during the conduct of the trial, interim outcome reports to the Data Monitoring Committee, abstracts submitted to scientiﬁc meetings, and ﬁnally, the published report in the medical literature. For any type of study report, it is important to recognize what type of information is appropriate to transmit, and how that information can be communicated in the most scientiﬁcally appropriate fashion. Recently, an international committee comprised of clinical trialists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and editors of biomedical journals reviewed the quality of reporting for randomized clinical trials. The result of this review led to two publications (Moher, Schultz, and Altman, 2001, Altman et al., 2001), under the title of CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials). The CONSORT statement proposes a ﬂow diagram for reporting trials, and a checklist of necessary items.