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Rapid response to:

Research Methods & Reporting

CONSORT 2010 Statement: updated guidelines for reporting parallel group randomised trials

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c332

Rapid Response:

The CONSORT group should concentrate more on implementation

The work of the CONSORT group has been one of the most
important editorial developments of the past 30 years, but I
think it should concentrate much more on implementation.

At the moment the group seems to be spending its time
developing ever more refined versions of its statement, while
the world goes on failing to implement its advice. It is of
course much easier to develop advice than make it happen, but
100% of studies including the 10 most essential requirements
would be better than 30% implementing 25. I suggest that the
group makes implementation its top priority, which may mean
including some different sorts of people.

It seems odd as well that in this electronic age the statement
was reproduced in nine journals. Surely it needs to be in only
one place, and the journals could add value commenting on the
statement and directing readers to the one place.

Competing interests:
I'm a board member of the
Public Library of
Science, was the editor
of the BMJ, and am a
friend of many members of
the CONSORT group

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 March 2010
Richard Smith
Patients Know Best, London SW4 0LD