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Methodological and Ethical Quality Checklist Assessment in Issues of Annals of Family Medicine Clinical Trials (2010-2013)

Castano Garcia1, Guillen Grima2,3 and Leon Sanz4
1Corella Health Center, Navarra Health Service, Corella, Navarra, Spain
2Preventive Medicine, University of Navarra Clinic, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
3IDISNA (Instituto de Investigacion Sanitaria de Navarra/Navarra Health Research Institute),Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
4School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
*Corresponding Author : Alberto Castano-Garcia
Mª Teresa Saenz de Heredia, nº 33.
Corella (31591 (Navarra), Spain
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Received January 11, 2016; Accepted February 18, 2016; Published February 29, 2016
Citation: Garcia C, Grima G, Sanz L (2016) Methodological and Ethical Quality Checklist Assessment in Issues of Annals of Family Medicine Clinical Trials (2010-2013). Fam Med Med Sci Res 5:200. doi:10.4172/2327-4972.1000200
Copyright: © 2016 Garcia C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: At present, the quality of the publication of Control Trials (CTs) in medicaljournals improved due to the inclusion of the CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) standards and the Declaration of Helsinki. The aim is to analyse methodological and ethical quality of published CTs in Annals of Family Medicine journal.

Material and methods: We use a 133-item checklist divided into 11 sections based on CONSORT and the Declaration of Helsinki. The Confidence Interval of 95% (95% CI) of Clopper-Pearson for κ average is calculated.

Results: We found 35 CTs in a literature review (2010-2013) on March 25, 2014 according to PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis). CT was mentioned in all heading/subheadings; CT controlled parallels in 80%; cluster type 45.7%. The most observed method was masked, active-controlled, decentralized randomization. The most frequently found category was an open CT assessing a medical intervention, with a positive significant result surveyed. The most common Informed Consent (IC) was in writing, not clearly voluntary, without prior knowledge and doubtful. It was not withdrawn in 45.7% of cases. A grant/scholarship was found to be the most frequent incentive for researchers. In 28 CTs there was no conflict of interest. The κ average was 0.93 (95% CI, 0.90-0.96).

Conclusions: CT published “standard” characteristic are indicated. Following the CONSORT standards publication, it has increased the overall quality of the CTs published. But there are some areas for improvement in the methodological and ethical quality of the CTs published from 2010 to 2013 in Annals of Family Medicine.


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