Reporting of randomized controlled trial abstracts in dermatology journals according to CONSORT guidelines.

Clinicians often only read the abstracts of studies1,2 so accurate and complete reporting of randomized clinical trial (RCT) abstract is essential. The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials extension for Abstracts (CONSORT-A), published in 2008,1 aims to improve RCT abstract reporting, requiring sufficient detail for readers to assess a trial's validity, reliability, and applicability. RCT abstract reporting is suboptimal in other medical specialties,3-5 but this has not been evaluated in dermatology.

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Authors: M L McPhie, A C Bridgman, S H Voineskos, A W Chan, A M Drucker