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Limited Guidance Available On Reporting Survey Research

August 3, 2011

In this week’s PLoS Medicine, Carol Bennett of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada and colleagues report that there is limited guidance and no consensus on the optimal reporting of survey research, and that many key criteria in survey studies are under-reported. As in other areas of research, poor reporting compromises both transparency and reproducibility, two fundamental principles of research.

The authors say: “Our findings highlight the need for a well developed reporting guideline for survey research “” possibly an extension of the guideline for observational studies in epidemiology (STROBE) “” that will provide the structure to ensure more complete reporting and allow clearer review and interpretation of the results from surveys.”

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