United Efforts to Raise Quality of Reporting in Rehabilitation Research
Progress in clinical practice of physical therapy requires that interventions be founded on solid evidence. Likewise, research evidence builds on prior evidence. In recent years guidelines and checklists have become available to assist authors in meeting the goal of quality reporting of research evidence. The Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network is an organization that supports efforts to improve the completeness and accuracy of published research reports. The EQUATOR website
has links to the various guidelines that are freely available. The Editorial in this JNPT issue, describes the concurrent efforts of 28 rehabilitation journals to mandate standardized reporting of systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, and case reports/studies. I invite you to read the full Editorial, and I have no doubt that you too will be convinced that these efforts are so important to our profession, and more importantly, to our patients.
Edelle (Edee) Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy