ShuangYang Dai, BeiBei li, JinGao Zhang, XiaoBin Zhou
||Chronic Diseases Prevention Review, 2019, Vol.3 (12), pp.6-14
||Guoyu exquisite culture Co., Ltd
Observational studies play an important role in urologyresearch. The quality of statistical reporting can directlyaffect the reliability of observational studies. Accordingto previous studies, the quality of statistical reportingfor published biomedical literature tends to be low. Thereare no studies on the evaluation of the quality ofstatistical reports on urological observational studies. Thepurpose of this study is to investigate the trends andevaluate the reporting quality of statistical methods ofobservational study published in high-impact urologyjournals, compare with general medical journals in order tofurther identify factors related to high quality statisticalreporting. This study plans to search the top five journalsof urology and top two general medical journals with... thehighest 5-year impact factor (based on ISI Web of KnowledgeJournal Citation Reports) in Pubmed and EMBASE. Allobservational studies that meet the inclusion criteria willbe included. Table “common statistical methods in medicalstudies” will be used to assess the frequency and trends ofstatistical methods for observational studies published inurology journals. The quality of statistical reporting foreach article will be assessed according to Table “theassessment checklist of the reporting quality of statisticalmethods”. The table consists of 7 items (marked *) that mustbe reported and 39 items that are subject to selectivereporting based on the statistical methods used in thearticle. The proportion of fully reported items will becalculated based on the type of statistical method used ineach article. A logistic regression model will beestablished to identify factors associated with high-qualitystatistical reporting. This study will identify majordeficiencies of statistical reports, which may provide areference for authors, reviewers and editors of journals,and help to improve the statistical reporting quality ofarticles in urological journals.