About the Authors

Hugh MacPherson
Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Douglas G. Altman
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Richard Hammerschlag
Department of Research, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Li Youping, Wu Taixiang
Chinese Cochrane Centre, Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Centre, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, China

Adrian White
Primary Care Research, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David Moher
Ottawa Methods Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Corresponding Author


Competing Interests

AW is employed by the British Medical Acupuncture Society as Editor of Acupuncture in Medicine. DM is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: HM DGA RH LY WT AW DM. Wrote the first draft of the paper: HM. Contributed to the writing of the paper: HM DGA RH LY WT AW DM. Reviewed Delphi process responses: RH. Helped organize the workshop that finalized the STRICTA revisions: RH.