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Development of a CONSORT extension for randomised controlled trials evaluating complex behavioural change and psychological interventions

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Date and Location
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 14:00 - 15:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Paul Montgomery (Contact this person)
Sean Grant (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Paul
Last name: 
Montgomery
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Oxford
First name: 
Sean
Last name: 
Grant
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Oxford
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Evan
Last name: 
Mayo-Wilson
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Oxford
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review Group Editors, Authors of Psycho-Social Reviews, Methodologists, Trialists and consumers, those with experience with reporting guidelines.
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Intermediate
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
To begin an extension to CONSORT for randomised controlled trials evaluating behavioural change and psychological interventions.

Description:
Inferior reporting of RCTs frustrates the systematic review process by hindering proper critical appraisal and synthesis of published intervention trials. While previous guidelines have been designed to improve the quality of reporting health care interventions, no effective evidence-based guideline currently exists for reporting the unique features of behavioural change and psychological interventions. Consequently, publications of these interventions often fail to provide sufficient information on trial design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Without complete, accurate, and transparent reporting, review authors face difficulty in effectively providing useful conclusions about the current state of the evidence for informing future research and decision-making in social care policy and practice.

This workshop will open discussion on the development of a CONSORT extension for reporting randomised controlled trials of behavioural change and psychological interventions. The workshop will begin with the presentation of a systematic review identifying reporting deficiencies in behavioural change and psychological intervention RCTs. This review will serve as the foundation for conversation with participants about potential items to include in the guideline as well as how to best develop and disseminate the guideline.