Developing a reporting guideline for social and psychological intervention trials

Sean Grant, Evan Mayo-Wilson, Sally Hopewell, Geraldine Macdonald, David Moher, Paul Montgomery

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Abstract

Objectives: Social and psychological interventions are often complex. Understanding randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of these complex interventions requires a detailed description of the interventions tested and the methods used to evaluate them; however, RCT reports often omit, or inadequately report, this information. Incomplete and inaccurate reporting hinders the optimal use of research, wastes resources, and fails to meet ethical obligations to research participants and consumers. Methods: In this paper, we explain how reporting guidelines have improved the quality of reports in medicine, and describe the on-going development of a new reporting guideline for RCTs: CONSORT-SPI (an extension for social and psychological interventions). Results and conclusions: We invite readers to participate in the project by visiting our website, in order to help us reach the best-informed consensus on these guidelines (http://tinyurl.com/CONSORT-study).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-367
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Criminology
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • CONSORT-SPI
  • RCT
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Reporting guideline
  • Reporting standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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