Developing a reporting guideline for social and psychological intervention trials

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

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Abstract

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. In this paper, we explain how reporting guidelines have improved the quality of reports in medicine, and describe the ongoing development of a new reporting guideline for RCTs: CONSORT-SPI (an extension for social and psychological interventions). We invite readers to participate in the project by visiting our website, in order to help us reach the bestinformed consensus on these guidelines (http://tinyurl.com/CONSORT-study).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume203
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Mayo-Wilson, E., Montgomery, P., Hopewell, S., Macdonald, G., Moher, D., & Grant, S. (2013). Developing a reporting guideline for social and psychological intervention trials. British Journal of Psychiatry, 203(4), 250-254. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.112.123745