How to report a research study

Paul Cronin, James V. Rawson, Marta E. Heilbrun, Janie M. Lee, Aine M. Kelly, Pina C. Sanelli, Brian W. Bresnahan, Angelisa M. Paladin

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Incomplete reporting hampers the evaluation of results and bias in clinical research studies. Guidelines for reporting study design and methods have been developed to encourage authors and journals to include the required elements. Recent efforts have been made to standardize the reporting of clinical health research including clinical guidelines. In this article, the reporting of diagnostic test accuracy studies, screening studies, therapeutic studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, cost-effectiveness assessments (CEA), recommendations and/or guidelines, and medical education studies is discussed. The available guidelines, many of which can be found at the Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research network, on how to report these different types of health research are also discussed. We also hope that this article can be used in academic programs to educate the faculty and trainees of the available resources to improve our health research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1116
Number of pages29
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Cost-effectiveness assessments
  • Diagnostic test accuracy
  • Enhancing the quality and transparency of health research
  • Guidelines
  • Medical education
  • Recommendations
  • Reporting
  • Screening
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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