Centre for Evidence in Transplantation
ESOT and the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) have established a collaboration with the aim to improve the methodological quality of randomised controlled trials in Europe. As part of this collaboration the CET offers the following FREE SERVICES to ESOT members:
1. Randomised Controlled Trials helpdesk
1A) Receive expert advice with the design of randomised controlled trials.
The CET can help with the design of trials and critical review of trial protocols. Trial protocols submitted to the CET will undergo a comprehensive review of all sections of the protocol to ensure it meets the fundamental methodological standards. Guidelines for the development of trial protocols (SPIRIT statement) are provided below. The CET on final approval of a trial protocol would issue accreditation of the trial and a trial number.
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1B) Receive expert advice with the reporting of randomised controlled trials.
ESOT members can submit a manuscript of a randomised controlled trial to the CET for critical review. CET will ensure that the manuscript addresses all the items of the CONSORT statement (www.consort-statement.org), a requirement of many leading journals.
2. Systematic Reviews
2A) ESOT members can receive help with conducting systematic reviews. CET will advise on how to design a search strategy, the databases to search and how to download and sift the retrieved references.
2B) ESOT members can submit a manuscript describing a systematic review to ensure that the manuscript addresses all the items of the PRISMA statement (www.prisma-statement.org), a requirement of many leading journals.
If you would like to know how the CET can help you with writing a trial protocol or conducting a systematic review, please contact:
Tel: +44 20 7869 6627
Fax: +44 20 7869 6644
Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET)
Clinical Effectiveness Unit
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE