Journal article

HOW GOOD ARE VOLUNTEERS AT SEARCHING FOR PUBLISHED RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS

NS ABRAMSON, HP ADAMS, A ALGRA, K ASPLUND, D BARER, HJM BARNETT, JP BOISSEL, M BRITTON, MM BROWN, A BUCHAN, L CANDELISE, C COUNSELL, R COTE, CM CASTLEDEN, Z CHEN, S CONNOLLY, A CZLONKOWSKA, RF DELMAESTRO, M DENNIS, GA DONNAN Show all

FUNDAMENTAL & CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY | EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES ELSEVIER | Published : 1995

Abstract

The Ottawa Stroke Trials Registry (OSTR) collects information on all randomized controlled trials (RCTs), in all languages, in which the primary focus is stroke. Published trials are added to the registry database once they have been identified by volunteers hand searching journals. We undertook this study to assess volunteer sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, accuracy and reliability in identifying RCTs. Three volunteers participated in this study. The complete contents of five years of one journal were searched (n = 240) as were ten research reports from five journals. Volunteer sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy ..

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