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2) Research statistics and critical appraisal
a) CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Program), UK.
b) Centre of Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford.
c) Cochrane Evidence
The following list comprises the recommendations for different clinical trials. These statements are regularly updated to accommodate new evidence of clinical trial design and the latest version can be downloaded in the respective websites. Apart from providing guidelines for clinical researchers, it can be utilised as a framework to facilitate critical appraisal.
STROBE stands for STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology. It contains the checklist for observational studies (cohort, case-control and cross-sectional).
CONSORT stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials. A preferred checklist for reporting the results of randomised clinical trials.
PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis. This statement is a set of evidence based guidelines to improve the quality of reports of systematics reviews.
SPIRIT stands for Standard Protocol Items, Recommendations for Intervention Trials. This statement provides recommendations for a minimum set of scientific, ethical and administrative elements that should be addressed in a clinical trial protocol.
AGREE stands for Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation.
AGREE is an international tool to evaluate the process of practice guideline development and the quality of reporting.