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CONSORT: An Important Step toward Evidence-Based Health Care

Nick Freemantle, MA; James M. Mason, PhD; Andrew Haines, MD; and Martin P. Eccles, MD
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University of York, Heslington, York Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. University College London Medical School and Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF, United Kingdom. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA, United Kingdom. Requests for Reprints: Nick Freemantle, MA, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, Heslington, York Y01 5DD, United Kingdom.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(1):81-83. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-1-199701010-00011
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The recent publication of the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines lines for the reporting of randomized trials [1] marks a welcome convergence of advice from the Standards of Reporting Trials (SORT) Group [2] and the Asilomar Working Group on Recommendations for the Reporting of Clinical Trials in the Biomedical Literature, which examine clinical efficacy [3]. 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 [4]. 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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