Assessment of the Quality of Randomized Clinical Trials Published by Iranian Researchers in Persian Internal Journals in 2014

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Author(s): Mohammad Rafiei, Awat Feizi, Seyyed Payam Shariatpanahi, Iman Hamraz, Danial Habibi*.

Journal Name: Applied Clinical Research, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs

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Introduction: Randomized clinical trials are known as the best and most effective way to assess the effects of an intervention, provided that they are properly planned and implemented. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality of clinical trials published by Iranian researchers.

Method: In this research, all clinical trials published by Iranian researchers in the Iranian Journal in 2014 were evaluated according to entry criteria. 348 selected articles were reviewed by the CONSORT checklist. Data analysis was performed using the SPSS 20 software.

Results: The results showed that the reports of the articles in the sections of the random allocation (68.1), sampling method (60.1), sample size (53.7), blinding (43.4) and statistical methods (54.6), have had poor performance.

Conclusion: The reports of various sections of randomized clinical trials in Iranian journals have not been satisfactorily available. In this regard, the requirement for researchers to follow a checklist, use of statistical experts during research, and holding workshops can improve the quality of articles.

Keywords: Randomized Clinical Trial, Iranian Medical Journals, CONSORT.

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DOI: 10.2174/2213476X06666190723115243