The increase in the number of published systematic reviews and meta-analyses over the last few years has highlighted the need to establish guidelines for their publication, in order to facilitate their interpretation and use. The Quality of Reporting of Meta-analyses Conference, which took place in 1996, resulted in the QUOROM statement, consisting of a checklist and flow diagram. The checklist is composed of 18 items to encourage authors to provide essential information to readers about the methods and results of the meta-analysis. The flow diagram of randomized clinical trials (RCT) helps to provide information about the number of RCTs identified, included and excluded in the meta-analysis and the reasons for excluding them. Both tools provide standards for improving the quality of reporting of meta-analyses to make them rigorous, useful and reliable.
|Issue number||SUPPL. 1|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2005|
- Cochrane Collaboration
- Randomized clinical trial
- Systematic review