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Inclusion of participants

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:15 GMT

Author: Susanne McCabe
Position: retired
Institution: No affiliation was given
E-mail: soostevens@hotmail.com
Submitted Date: October 16, 2007
Published Date: October 17, 2007
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It would be helpful to include reference in publications so that a copy of the submission to the Ethics Committee which approved the research could be accessed.

This would also have an addition benefit in that it would describe whether participants have had access to the publication and whether there has been opportunity for comments from them to be included in publications. As the design of a study cannot be altogether separated from the way it is reported, it seems a good opportunity for STROBE to emphasise the benefits of added verification, validation and feedback from participants, especially in certain types of observational research publications such as case studies.

No competing interests declared.