- Reporting of participant characteristics in research is of fundamental importance.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Poor reporting of participant characteristics in research leads to research waste and inhibits research translation and implementation (1). This is because clinicians need to be able to pick up a paper and see if the research applies to the patient in front of them; how similar or different is the population studied? If we lack information about included participants (e.g. age, BMI, activity level, co-morbidities, in-season etc) then we limit our ability to translate research to the clinic and reproduce research.
This consensus paper (one of three in the series plus an editorial) aimed to determine a list of recommended participant characteristics by which cases and controls are described and reported in clinical studies/trials of tendinopathy.
If all we know from a paper is “tendinopathy as diagnosed by a clinician” then we don’t actually know enough to be confident that they (the participant in the study) are the same as the patient in front of us.
Completed as a three-stage process, the authors began by performing a scoping review of the literature to identify how participant characteristics are currently reported and to pin-point any potential gaps in description of included cases and controls. They did this