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High Rate Of Misreporting In Pediatric Orthopedic Literature

Orthopedics This Week reports on the findings of an HSS study published in the November 22, 2019 edition of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics which found that pediatric literature has a significantly high rate of misreporting.

Drake LeBrun, MD, MPH, second year orthopedic resident at HSS and co-author of the study, suggested, “A few steps could be taken to reduce the rate of study design and level of evidence non-reporting and misreporting. First, it would be helpful if all published observational studies explicitly reported study design and level of evidence according to standardized criteria (e.g., STROBE [Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology] criteria, JBJS [Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery] level of evidence guidelines, etc.). Similarly, training reviewers and editors to cross-check a paper's stated study design and level of evidence would help to ensure that published studies are correctly classified.”

Dr. LeBrun concluded, “Overall, more rigor in evaluating observational studies is required on the part of orthopaedic investigators, reviewers, and journal editors to ensure that the data we use to make clinical decisions is valid and clear.”

Read the article at ryortho.com.