Developing a Reporting Guideline for Social and Psychological Intervention Trials

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

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Social and psychological interventions are often complex. Understanding randomized 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 article, 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: Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials-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 best-informed consensus on these guidelines (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-602
Number of pages8
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • RCT
  • randomized controlled trial
  • reporting guideline
  • reporting standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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