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Feb042013

Outcome Reporting Bias

And its effect on systematic review outcomes.  Study.

The reliability of systematic reviews, in particular meta-analyses they contain, can be improved if more attention is paid to missing outcome data. The availability of [core outcome sets] for specific health conditions might help with this and the concept has support from the majority of Co-ordinating Editors in [Cochrane review groups].

I seem to be coming across a number of bias in SR papers recently, as well as - not coincidentally, I'm sure - discussions re: the need for better, more consistent reporting. 

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Kirkham JJ, Gargon E, Clarke M, Williamson PR. Can a core outcome set improve the quality of systematic reviews? -- a survey of the Co-ordinating Editors of Cochrane review group. Trials. 2013 Jan 22;14(1):21. 

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