British authors have found statistical evidence for an improvement in the quality of reporting of acupuncture trials since the publication of the STRICTA (STandards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture, 1996) and CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials, 2001) guidelines. The study included 207 trials. By random sampling, 45 trials from each of five two-year time periods between 1994 and 2015 were analysed. Using scoring sheets based on the STRICTA and CONSORT checklist items, the distribution of items reported over time was investigated. A meta-analysis investigated whether or not trials published in journals that endorsed STRICTA were associated with better reporting. Improved reporting of items over time was observed, with mean STRICTA score showing an increase from 4.27 in the 1994-1995 period to 5.53 in 2014-2015, an 18% improvement. Mean CONSORT score rose from 1.01 in the 1994-1995 period to 3.32 in 2014-2015, an increment of 46%. Trials published in journals that endorsed STRICTA had statistically significantly superior reporting of both STRICTA and CONSORT items overall. When data were analysed graphically, an overall trend towards increased quality of reporting following the publication of STRICTA was observed.
The impact of STRICTA and CONSORT on reporting of randomised control trials of acupuncture: a systematic methodological evaluation. Acupunct Med. 2018 Dec;36(6):349-357.