Reporting quality of randomized trials in the diet and exercise literature for weight loss

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dc.contributor.author Cheryl Gibson en_US
dc.contributor.author Erik Kirk en_US
dc.contributor.author James LeCheminant en_US
dc.contributor.author Bruce Bailey en_US
dc.contributor.author Guoyuan Huang en_US
dc.contributor.author Joseph Donnelly en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-05T16:43:41Z
dc.date.available 2005 - en_US
dc.date.available 2009-05-05T16:43:41Z
dc.date.issued 2007-09-12 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Cheryl Gibson;Erik Kirk;James LeCheminant;Bruce Bailey;Guoyuan Huang;Joseph Donnelly: Reporting quality of randomized trials in the diet and exercise literature for weight loss. BMC Med Res Methodol 2005, 5(1):9. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2288/5/9 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/630
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:To adequately assess individual studies and synthesize quantitative research on weight loss studies, transparent reporting of data is required. The authors examined the reporting quality of randomized trials in the weight loss literature, focusing exclusively on subject characteristics as they relate to enrollment, allocation, and follow-up.METHODS:An extensive literature review, which included a computerized search of the MEDLINE database, manual searches of bibliographic references, and cross-referencing of 92 review articles was conducted. A checklist, based on CONSORT recommendations, was used to collect information on whether or not authors reported age, gender, co-morbid disease, medication use, race/ethnicity, and postmenopausal status. Also tracked was whether or not initial and final sample size was reported and stratified by gender.RESULTS:Of 604 possible articles, 231 articles met eligibility criteria. Important subject characteristics were not reported as the following breakdown indicates: age (11%), gender (4%), race/ethnicity (86%), co-morbid disease states (34%), and medication use (92%). Additionally, 21% of articles failed to report initial sample size by gender while 69% neglected to report final sample size by gender.CONCLUSION:Inadequate reporting can create difficulties with interpretation and can lead to biased results receiving false credibility. The quality of reporting for weight loss studies needs considerable improvement. en_US
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dc.publisher BioMedCentral en_US
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dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
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dc.subject.mesh Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Angina, Unstable/epidemiology/ mortality/ prevention & control en_US
dc.subject.mesh Electrocardiography en_US
dc.subject.mesh Female en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Status en_US
dc.subject.mesh Heart Conduction System en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Male en_US
dc.subject.mesh Middle Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Myocardial Infarction/epidemiology/ mortality/ prevention & control en_US
dc.subject.mesh Patient Readmission/ statistics & numerical data en_US
dc.subject.mesh Prevalence en_US
dc.subject.mesh Prospective Studies en_US
dc.subject.mesh Quality of Life en_US
dc.subject.mesh Recurrence en_US
dc.subject.mesh Time Factors en_US
dc.subject.mesh Treatment Outcome en_US
dc.title Reporting quality of randomized trials in the diet and exercise literature for weight loss en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.date.captured 2009-04-27 en_US
dc.identifier.doi doi:10.1186/1471-2288-5-9 en_US
dc.identifier.pmid 17850662 en_US

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