B – Reducing waste from reports of biomedical research

Glasziou P, Altman DG, Bossuyt P, et al. Reducing waste from incomplete or unusable reports of biomedical research. The Lancet publ.online Jan.8, 2014
(doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62228-X)

Most publications have elements that are missing, poorly reported, or ambiguous. Reporting guidelines such as CONSORT, STARD, PRISMA, and ARRIVE aim to improve the quality of research reports, but all are much less adopted and adhered to than they should be. Some immediate action can be taken to improve the reporting of research: change the current system of research rewards and regulations to encourage better and more complete reporting, and fund the development and maintenance of infrastructure to support better reporting, linkage, and archiving of all elements of research.