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The RECORD reporting guidelines: meeting the methodological and ethical demands of transparency in research using routinely-collected health data

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  • Stuart G Nicholls, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute; School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
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  • Sinéad M Langan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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  • Henrik Toft Sørensen
  • Irene Petersen
  • Eric I Benchimol, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute; Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Routinely-collected health data (RCD) are now used for a wide range of studies, including observational studies, comparative effectiveness research, diagnostics, studies of adverse effects, and predictive analytics. At the same time, limitations inherent in using data collected without specific a priori research questions are increasingly recognized. There is also a growing awareness of the suboptimal quality of reports presenting research based on RCD. This has created a perfect storm of increased interest and use of RCD for research, together with inadequate reporting of the strengths and weaknesses of these data resources. The REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely-collected Data (RECORD) statement was developed to address these limitations and to help researchers using RCD to meet their ethical obligations of complete and accurate reporting, as well as improve the utility of research conducted using RCD. The RECORD statement has been endorsed by more than 15 journals, including Clinical Epidemiology. This journal now recommends that authors submit the RECORD checklist together with any manuscript reporting on research using RCD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical epidemiology
Volume8
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
ISSN1179-1349
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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