Nick Freemantle, MA; James M. Mason, PhD; Andrew Haines, MD; Martin P. Eccles, MD
Freemantle N, Mason JM, Haines A, Eccles MP. CONSORT: An Important Step toward Evidence-Based Health Care. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:81-83. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-1-199701010-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(1):81-83.
The recent publication of the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines lines for the reporting of randomized trials  marks a welcome convergence of advice from the Standards of Reporting Trials (SORT) Group  and the Asilomar Working Group on Recommendations for the Reporting of Clinical Trials in the Biomedical Literature, which examine clinical efficacy . Authors who submit papers to Annals are now being asked to adhere to the principles embodied in the sensible recommendations from these two similar but until recently largely independent projects . The Lancet, JAMA, and BMJ are also adopting these recommendations. The goal of the guidelines is to improve the reporting of clinical trials. This, in turn, should enhance the interpretation and further analysis of the results of existing trials and encourage high standards in the design and conduct of future trials.
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