Adherence to CONSORT items in randomized controlled trials of integrative medicine for colorectal cancer published in Chinese journals

Chen, M, Cui, J, Zhang, T, Sze, D, Xue, C and May, B 2018, 'Adherence to CONSORT items in randomized controlled trials of integrative medicine for colorectal cancer published in Chinese journals', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 115-124.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Adherence to CONSORT items in randomized controlled trials of integrative medicine for colorectal cancer published in Chinese journals
Author(s) Chen, M
Cui, J
Zhang, T
Sze, D
Xue, C
May, B
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 115
End page 124
Total pages 10
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Abstract Background: The majority of studies of integrative treatment for colorectal cancer (CRC) have been published in Chinese journals. These studies indicate potential benefits, but concerns have been raised over the quality of trials published in Chinese journals. The CONSORT statement provides a guide for study reporting that has been endorsed by more than 400 international journals. Previous studies have used the CONSORT checklist to assess the quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Objectives: This study focused on RCTs of integrative and traditional medicine for CRC published in Chinese journals and assessed: (1) the overall quality of reporting with a focus on methodological aspects; (2) change over time; and (3) the influence of study funding, level of institution conducting the trial, rank of the journal, and the length of the article. Design: Searches of seven databases identified RCTs. Quality was assessed using CONSORT 2010 with adaptations to facilitate scoring. Additional codes were added for publication year, hospital rank, report length, and status of the journal. Scores of each checklist item, total scores, and scores for eight items associated with RCT methodology were calculated. Results: Eighty-one studies were included in the main analyses. The RCT methodology subgroup scores were significantly higher in studies: with public funding, conducted by authors from university hospitals, published in higher ranked journals, and in longer articles. Conclusions: Few Chinese journals mention CONSORT in their author guidelines. In these RCTs on CRC better reporting of RCT methodology was associated with ranking of the journal as core, public funding of the RCT, and first or correspondent author from a university hospital but the quality of reporting had not significantly improved in 15 years. As the volume of scientific information produced in China grows, it is imperative that there is growth in the quality of this information.
Subject Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
Keyword(s) China
colorectal cancer
CONSORT checklist
integrative medicine
reporting quality
DOI - identifier 10.1089/acm.2017.0065
Copyright notice © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN 1075-5535
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 4 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Altmetric details:
Access Statistics: 27 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Wed, 19 Sep 2018, 13:27:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us