Monthly Archives: July 2018

CONSORT-SPI 2018: announcing an extension for randomized controlled trials of social and psychological interventions

Complete and transparent reporting of randomized controlled trials is integral for replication, critical appraisal and understanding context. Published today in Trials, a new extension of the CONSORT Statement aims to improve the reporting of randomized controlled trials of social and psychological interventions. Here, co-authors Paul Montgomery, Evan Mayo-Wilson and Sean Grant discuss what these guidelines could mean for the field.

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First multicenter epidemiology study of severe burns in China

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The incidence and severity of burns worldwide is a major public health crisis. Establishing nationwide multicenter burn databases in developing countries like China will be crucial to understanding the epidemiology of burns. By using data from a burn database covering 8 Chinese hospitals, a recent study published in Burns & Trauma is the first multicenter study to describe the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of severe burn patients in China.


Graphene in the fight against antimicrobial resistant bacteria

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The overuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistant bacteria that threaten the lives of hundreds of millions. In the search for alternative ways to fight bacteria, a recent study published in Burns & Trauma turns to a composite of the world’s strongest known material, graphene, and finds graphene oxide-quaternary ammonium nanocomposite a promising antimicrobial agent for infected wound management and antibacterial wound dressing.


Why study registration is important for the future of research


Research has played a major role in the history of the NHS over the last 70 years: through development and evaluation, to research aimed at improving patient experience and the quality, accessibility and organization of health and social care services. In this blog Matt Westmore from the NIHR discusses one element of how the research community ensures that what it does adds value to the NHS: study registration in publicly available registries.

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