Assessment of the quality of reporting in randomised controlled trials of acupuncture in the Korean literature using the CONSORT statement and STRICTA guidelines.
Bottom Line: Among the 61 RCTs of needling acupuncture in the late period, the STRICTA items of setting/context (24.6%) and practitioner background (27.9%) showed incomplete reporting.The completeness of reporting improved over time in several CONSORT and STRICTA items.The completeness of reporting of Korean RCTs of acupuncture was suboptimal according to the CONSORT and revised STRICTA statements.
Affiliation: School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, South Korea.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Of 103 RCTs published in the late period, there was considerable incompleteness of reporting in items related to the study design, implementation, reporting and interpretation (figure 2). Items with markedly incomplete reporting were allocation concealment (item #9; 5.8%), implementation of allocation process (item #10; 11.7%), definition of primary/secondary outcomes (item #6; 15.5%), methods of sample size calculation (item #7; 2.9%), blinding of outcome assessors (item #11; 20.3%), participant flow (item #13; 25.2%), number of participants analysed (item #16; 19.4%), ancillary analyses (item #18; 0%), adverse events (item #19; 24.3%), generalisability of the study findings (item #21; 1.9%) and overall evidence (item #22; 32.0%).
Affiliation: School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, South Korea.