Health research reporting guidelines are designed to improve the reporting of health research. They are not designed to assess study execution although you may find issues if the author is clear and transparent. An author who faithfully follows a reporting guideline will include elements such as descriptions of protocol deviations with rationale as well as data for variables not specified in the protocol and statistical analyses not specified in the protocol.
Reporting guidelines consist of 4 parts:
Housed at: The EQUATOR Network
Housed at: Iowa State University
The reporting guidelines and extensions of each site listed below are all included on the EQUATOR Network site.
Produced by: The National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3R)
Produced by: CONSORT
Stands for: COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments
Additional information: About the initiative
Produced by: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Oxford, and Monash University
Produced by: The SPIRIT Group
Produced by: SQUIRE
Produced by: RECORD-statement.org