Developing a Reporting Guideline for Social and Psychological Intervention Trials
SAGE Publications -- Research on Social Work Practice
DOI 10.1177/1049731513498118
Keyword(s)
  1. randomized controlled trial
  2. RCT
  3. CONSORT-SPI
  4. reporting guideline
  5. reporting standards
Abstract(s)

Social and psychological interventions are often complex. Understanding randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of these complex interventions requires a detailed description of the interventions tested and the methods used to evaluate them; however, RCT reports often omit, or inadequately report, this information. Incomplete and inaccurate reporting hinders the optimal use of research, wastes resources, and fails to meet ethical obligations to research participants and consumers. In this article, we explain how reporting guidelines have improved the quality of reports in medicine and describe the ongoing development of a new reporting guideline for RCTs: Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials-SPI (an extension for social and psychological interventions). We invite readers to participate in the project by visiting our website, in order to help us reach the best-informed consensus on these guidelines (http://tinyurl.com/CONSORT-study).