Web-based and mobile health interventions are increasingly important instruments in the toolkit of public health professionals and researchers. The Journal of Medical Internet Research is the leading journal in this field, both in terms of impact and in terms of the number of trials published.
However, reporting standards and the level of detail provided in publications vary widely, hampering progress in this area, and impeding knowledge translation. While at the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) we are using internal checklists for some aspects of these trials (e.g. CHERRIES), internationally developed and adopted reporting guidelines are lacking. JMIR has partnered with the CONSORT group and with ISRII to develop, pilot-test and solicit feedback on a new instrument intended to improve the reporting of ehealth and mhealth trials: CONSORT-EHEALTH. The draft checklist is available at http://www.jmir.org/ojs/public/journals/1/CONSORT-EHEALTH-v1-5.pdf
The checklist is an extension of the well-known CONSORT checklist (Consolidated Standards for Reporting Randomized Trials), expanding and elaborating some of the CONSORT items for ehealth trials. After some pilot-testing, the checklist will replace the CONSORT checklist at JMIR and other journals adopting the checklist.
JMIR is currently soliciting feedback from authors, editors, research users, and reviewers on the items.
This is an extremely important project, in particular for authors / researchers planning or conducting ehealth trials. Please help us to arrive at a "consensus" for the first iteration of this checklist by rating the checklist items and to provide feedback:
Users filling in the survey will be acknowledged in the final CONSORT-EHEALTH publication.
The deadline for feedback is April 18th, 2011.
Thanks for your participation !
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