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Table 3 Characteristics of included abstracts by individual journals

From: Reporting of critical care trial abstracts: a comparison before and after the announcement of CONSORT guideline for abstracts

  AJRCCM CCM ICM CC
  Pre-CONSORT (%) Post-CONSORT (%) p Value Pre-CONSORT (%) Post-CONSORT (%) p Value Pre-CONSORT (%) Post-CONSORT (%) p Value Pre-CONSORT (%) Post-CONSORT (%) p Value
Title 25.0 48.9 0.010 33.3 55.7 0.015 30.3 61.8 0.010 54.6 62.9 0.53
Authors (for conference abstracts)
Trial design 28.1 20.0 0.33 18.2 19.2 0.89 33.3 17.7 0.140 4.6 5.7 0.85
Methods
 Participants 10.9 17.8 0.31 68.2 92.3 0.001 66.7 29.4 0.002 9.1 20.0 0.27
 Settinga 10.9 17.8 0.31 68.2 92.3 0.001 66.7 29.4 0.002 9.1 20.0 0.27
 Interventions 92.2 77.8 0.032 92.4 90.4 0.69 93.9 67.7 0.007 90.9 88.6 0.78
 Objective 95.3 97.8 0.50 89.4 96.2 0.170 97.0 94.1 0.57 95.5 91.4 0.56
 Outcome 40.6 60.0 0.046 31.8 46.2 0.111 18.2 50.0 0.006 22.7 40.0 0.18
 Randomization 0 0 0 3.9 0.108 0 0 9.1 2.9 0.31
 Blinding (masking) 0 2.2 0.23 6.1 9.6 0.47 6.1 0 0.145 0 2.7 0.42
Results
 Numbers randomized 35.9 33.3 0.78 39.4 48.1 0.35 39.4 29.4 0.39 68.2 34.2 0.013
 Recruitment 6.3 8.9 0.60 1.5 0 0.37 0 8.8 0.081 0 0
 Numbers analyzed 4.7 6.7 0.66 4.6 7.7 0.47 3.0 11.8 0.174 4.6 8.6 0.56
 Outcome 7.8 22.2 0.032 3.0 19.2 0.004 3.0 11.8 0.174 4.6 11.4 0.37
 Effect sizea 7.8 31.1 0.002 3.0 21.2 0.002 3.0 14.7 0.094 4.6 11.4 0.37
 Harms 20.3 24.4 0.61 12.1 30.8 0.012 0 29.4 0.001 4.6 25.7 0.041
 Conclusion 98.4 95.6 0.37 98.5 100 0.37 90.9 94.1 0.62 100 97.1 0.42
 Trial registration 18.8 62.2 <0.001 0 15.4 0.001 0 17.7 0.011 59.1 80.0 0.087
 Funding 0 48.9 <0.001 0 0 9.1 0 0.072 0 2.9 0.42
  1. Abbreviations: AJRCCM American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, CC Critical Care, CCM Critical Care Medicine, CONSORT Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials, ICM Intensive Care Medicine
  2. Percentages represent the proportion of abstracts that adhered to the CONSORT guideline for abstracts
  3. aThese items were additionally examined in this study