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Correction to: Avoidable waste related to inadequate methods and incomplete reporting of interventions: a systematic review of randomized trials performed in Sub-Saharan Africa

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In the original publication [1] the last sentence in the last paragraph under ‘Perspectives and implications’ in the Discussions section needs to be removed. The correct version can be found in this Erratum.

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The implications of this work are important for SSA because of the small number of RCTs performed in this part of the world [38], and the shortage of research resources. For this reason, waste must be addressed. In accordance previous works [9, 39], our results highlight that waste in RCTs in SSA could be avoided with simple and inexpensive methodological adjustments as well as a better reporting of interventions. Investigators should be informed of the feasibility of these adjustments and reporting guidelines when planning their trials and drafting their reports to limit the number of flaws in trial methods and poor descriptions of interventions at an early stage [10, 12, 40]. The Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) network is an international initiative created to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines (http://www.equator-network.org/). In our study, articles journals recommending reporting guidelines in their instructions to authors have a better description of interventions than those that did not recommend any reporting guidelines.

Correct version:

The implications of this work are important for SSA because of the small number of RCTs performed in this part of the world [38], and the shortage of research resources. For this reason, waste must be addressed. In accordance previous works [9, 39], our results highlight that waste in RCTs in SSA could be avoided with simple and inexpensive methodological adjustments as well as a better reporting of interventions. Investigators should be informed of the feasibility of these adjustments and reporting guidelines when planning their trials and drafting their reports to limit the number of flaws in trial methods and poor descriptions of interventions at an early stage [10, 12, 40]. The Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) network is an international initiative created to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines (http://www.equator-network.org/).

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    Ndounga Diakou LA. Avoidable waste related to inadequate methods and incomplete reporting of interventions: a systematic review of randomized trials performed in sub-Saharan Africa. Trials. 2017;18:291. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2034-0

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Correspondence to Lee Aymar Ndounga Diakou.

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The online version of the original article can be found under doi:https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2431-4

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Ndounga Diakou, L.A., Ntoumi, F., Ravaud, P. et al. Correction to: Avoidable waste related to inadequate methods and incomplete reporting of interventions: a systematic review of randomized trials performed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Trials 19, 42 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2431-4

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