Considerations in reporting palliative care clinical trials: standardizing information reported and authorship practices

Thomas LeBlanc, Amy Abernethy, David Currow, Jean Kutner

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    Abstract

    Purpose of review The nature of palliative care practice, especially the reliance on referrals and differing models of service delivery, poses unique challenges for the creation and interpretation of an evidence base, frequently limiting the applicability of data to patient care. Here we discuss two core aspects of clinical trials reporting in palliative medicine: proposed standards governing the collection and reporting of data, and rules governing authorship and publication. Recent findings Existing literature often inadequately describes the characteristics of patients, caregivers, clinicians, systems, and interventions included in studies, thereby limiting the utility of results. Summary A generalizability framework is needed to ensure a robust evidence base that advances practice. Lessons learned through the development of research cooperative groups in palliative care reinforce the importance of an authorship protocol for large trials and working groups.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)494-499
    Number of pages6
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

    Keywords

    • Authorship
    • Clinical trial
    • Generalizability
    • Palliative care
    • Randomized controlled trials

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