CONSORT for reporting randomised trials in journal and conference abstracts.

Authors: Hopewell S (1,2) , Clarke M (1,3) , Moher D (4,5) , Wager E (6) , Middleton P (7) , Altman DG (2) , Schulz KF (8) , CONSORT GROUP
(1) UK Cochrane Centre (2) Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Wolfson College (3) School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College (4) University of Ottawa, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine (5) Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (6) Sideview (7) Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide (8) Family Health International, Research Triangle Park
Source: Lancet. 2008 Jan 26;371(9609):281-3.
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61835-2. Publication date: Jan. 26, 2008 E-Publication date: Jan. 22, 2008 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Hopewell S :


Article abstract

In 2006, Arthur Amman, President of Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, made a disquieting remark: “I recently met a physician from southern Africa, engaged in perinatal HIV prevention, whose primary access to information was abstracts posted on the internet. Based on a single abstract, they had altered their perinatal HIV prevention program from an effective therapy to one with lesser efficacy. Had they read the full text article they would have undoubtedly realized that the study results were based on short-term follow-up, a small pivotal group, incomplete data, and unlikely to be applicable to their country situation.

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