Reducing research waste through standardisation of outcomes and definitions.
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The body of evidence that poor reporting of outcomes in research hinders progress in medicine is growing. For example, a systematic review of 79 randomised trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for pre-eclampsia has identified 72 different maternal and 47 offspring outcomes. (1) In addition to the lack of consensus for which outcomes to measure, there is also disagreement on which definitions or instruments to use for measurements (2). In another example (3), authors identified lack of uniformity in the definition of maternal morbidities with their simultaneous tendency towards being too specific to facilitate international comparisons. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
AuthorsRogozińska, E; Eckert, LO; Khan, KS
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