Cars, CONSORT 2010, and clinical practice

Trials. 2010 Mar 24:11:33. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-33.


Just like you would not buy a car without key information such as service history, you would not "buy" a clinical trial report without key information such as concealment of allocation. Implementation of the updated CONSORT 2010 statement enables the reader to see exactly what was done in a trial, to whom and when. A fully "CONSORTed" trial report does not necessarily mean the trial is a good one, but at least the reader can make a judgement. Clear reporting is a pre-requisite for judgement of study quality. The CONSORT statement evolves as empirical research moves on. CONSORT 2010 is even clearer than before and includes some new items with a particular emphasis on selective reporting of outcomes. The challenge is for everyone to use it.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / standards*
  • Research Design / standards*
  • Treatment Outcome