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Research Article

CONSORT for Reporting Randomized Controlled Trials in Journal and Conference Abstracts: Explanation and Elaboration

  • Sally Hopewell mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: shopewell@cochrane.co.uk

    Affiliations: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Wolfson College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Mike Clarke,

    Affiliations: UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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  • David Moher,

    Affiliations: Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

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  • Elizabeth Wager,

    Affiliation: Sideview, Princes Risborough, United Kingdom

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  • Philippa Middleton,

    Affiliation: Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

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  • Douglas G Altman,

    Affiliation: Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Wolfson College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Kenneth F Schulz,

    Affiliation: Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • and the CONSORT Group
  • Published: January 22, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050020

About the Authors

Sally Hopewell, Mike Clarke
UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sally Hopewell, Douglas G Altman
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Wolfson College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Mike Clarke
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
David Moher
Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada
David Moher
Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Elizabeth Wager
Sideview, Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
Philippa Middleton
Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Kenneth F Schulz
Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: shopewell@cochrane.co.uk

Competing Interests

All authors are involved in many initiatives in health care and healthcare research which should benefit from a wide uptake of the CONSORT for Abstracts statement.

Author Contributions

SH, MC, DM, EW, and PM were involved in the design, implementation, analysis of the study, and in writing and commenting on drafts on the final manuscript. DGA and KFS were involved in the analysis of the study and commenting on drafts on the final manuscript.