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Helping editors, peer reviewers and authors improve the clarity, completeness and transparency of reporting health research

David Moher12*, Iveta Simera3, Kenneth F Schulz4, John Hoey5 and Douglas G Altman3

Author Affiliations

1 Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada

2 Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

3 Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

4 Family Health International, Durham, NC, USA

5 Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

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BMC Medicine 2008, 6:13  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-6-13

Published: 16 June 2008

Abstract

Inadequate reporting is problematic for several reasons. If authors do not provide sufficient details concerning the conduct of their study, readers are left with an incomplete picture of what was done. As such, they are not able to judge the merits of the results and interpret them. The EQUATOR Network is a new initiative aimed at improving the clarity and transparency of reporting health research.