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BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Jun 20;15:190. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0714-4.

STRICTA: is it time to do more?

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1
Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, PO Box 56, 325 Great King Street, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand. lizhou.liu@otago.ac.nz.
2
Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, PO Box 56, 325 Great King Street, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand. margot.skinner@otago.ac.nz.
3
Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT37 0QB, UK. s.mcdonough@ulster.ac.uk.
4
Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, PO Box 56, 325 Great King Street, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand. kanpr735@student.otago.ac.nz.
5
Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, PO Box 56, 325 Great King Street, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand. david.baxter@otago.ac.nz.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In order to facilitate the completeness and transparency of reporting on randomized controlled trials undertaken using acupuncture interventions, a consensus group of international experts developed the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) in 2002. This reporting guideline was updated in 2010, and was applicable to a broader range of acupuncture research, including uncontrolled trials and case reports. Subsequent evaluations have noted limitations on the impact of STRICTA in the reporting quality of acupuncture trials, and the description of acupuncture details remains poor. Thus improvement in the efficacy of the STRICTA guidelines is called for.

DISCUSSION:

We explored the STRICTA guidelines from four aspects, including the development procedure, validity assessment, endorsement and adherence, and citation situation. Based upon these findings, we provided five potential suggestions for further development of STRICTA.

SUMMARY:

STRICTA are valid reporting guidelines based on robust methodology and scientific content. However specific implementation strategies including: updating the STRICTA checklist; improving the STRICTA reporting efficiency; consistency with implementing the "Instructions for authors" for journals; establishing global STRICTA research centers; and expanding the STRICTA website, are needed. Such strategies will improve their utilization and impact positively on the quality of reporting on acupuncture research outcomes.

PMID:
26091978
PMCID:
PMC4474462
DOI:
10.1186/s12906-015-0714-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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