Considerations in reporting palliative care clinical trials: standardizing information reported and authorship practices.


Journal Article (Review)

The nature of palliative care practice, especially the reliance on referrals and differing models of service delivery, poses unique challenges for the creation and interpretation of an evidence base, frequently limiting the applicability of data to patient care. Here we discuss two core aspects of clinical trials reporting in palliative medicine: proposed standards governing the collection and reporting of data, and rules governing authorship and publication.Existing literature often inadequately describes the characteristics of patients, caregivers, clinicians, systems, and interventions included in studies, thereby limiting the utility of results.A generalizability framework is needed to ensure a robust evidence base that advances practice. Lessons learned through the development of research cooperative groups in palliative care reinforce the importance of an authorship protocol for large trials and working groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • LeBlanc, TW; Abernethy, AP; Currow, DC; Kutner, JS

Published Date

  • December 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 494 - 499

PubMed ID

  • 23080306

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23080306

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1751-4266

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1751-4258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SPC.0b013e3283597259


  • eng