STROND Checklist Improves Reporting Standards for Neurology

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Clear reporting guidelines for scientific studies of neurologic disorders may help researchers better assess disease burden. That’s the thinking behind the Standards of Reporting of Neurological Disorders (STROND) checklist.

The guidelines, which consist of recommendations and a checklist to better facilitate reporting of published incidence and prevalence studies, was designed by Derrick A. Bennett, PhD, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues.

Current reporting guidelines are designed more to report analytics rather than descriptive epidemiologic studies, which can hinder the reporting of disease estimates which in turn can affect disease planning services and health care decision.

In order to develop STROND, the researchers produced a list of requirements for incidence and prevalence studies in neurology, separating items into “basic” and “ideal” reporting items.  The list was then evaluated by neuroepidemiologic experts. Out of 38 original items, 15, along with accompanying recommendations, were developed into the STROND checklist.

The researchers hope that the implementation of STROND will allow for more consistent, transparent, and contextual reporting of neuroepidemiologic studies, which in turn will result in more applicable and comparative findings that create a better basis for healthcare decisions.

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STROND Checklist Improves Reporting Standards for Neurology

Incidence and prevalence studies of neurologic disorders play an important role in assessing the burden of disease and planning services. However, the assessment of disease estimates is hindered by problems in reporting for such studies.

Despite a growth in published reports, existing guidelines relate to analytical rather than descriptive epidemiologic studies. There are also no user-friendly tools (e.g., checklists) available for authors, editors, and peer reviewers to facilitate best practice in reporting of descriptive epidemiologic studies for most neurologic disorders.

The Standards of Reporting of Neurological Disorders (STROND) is a guideline that consists of recommendations and a checklist to facilitate better reporting of published incidence and prevalence studies of neurologic disorders.

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