History of STRICTA
idea of STRICTA was first put forward at a meeting of an
international group of acupuncture researchers at Exeter University, United
Kingdom, by Dr Hugh MacPherson in July 2001. The group agreed that the improvement
of reporting of acupuncture trials was a worthwhile aim, and then drafted a set of recommendations
for better reporting of acupuncture trial interventions. Named the STRICTA guidelines: STandards for Reporting
Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture, they
were designed as an expansion of the the one item in the CONSORT
Statement that related to the description of the intervention.
The STRICTA guidelines went through a second
drafting phase with five journal editors and their advisors, the which involved
refining the checklist to six key items. The guiding principle was a commitment to achieving a
broad enough set of recommendations that would cover the most common approaches
to both acupuncture and research design. These recommendations were co-published
in five articles by the key journals in the field. Participating
journals were Acupuncture in Medicine, Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Subsequently the Australian
Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has joined this group. Participating journals have
added the STRICTA recommendations to their instructions to authors. Translations
into languages other than English became available in Chinese,
Japanese and Korean.
Then in 2008, the STRICTA Group started working with the CONSORT Group Executive (David Moher and Doug Altman) and the Chinese Cochrane Centre (Wu Taixiang and Li Youping) to revise the STRICTA guidelines as an "official" extension to CONSORT. We conducted a consultation process with 47 experts. This was followed by a one day consensus-building event, held in Freiburg on Oct 2nd 2008, where we reviewed potential revisions to the content of STRICTA items. A writing group was then formed who steered the revised version of STRICTA to publication. The processes we have undertaken as part of revising STRICTA have been described in more detail elsewhere.(MacPherson & Altman 2009)
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revision to STRICTA has benefited from contributions from many people. Support
and administrative help in managing the process of revising STRICTA has come
from Anne Burton, Ann Hopton, Suzanne Jenna, Stephanie Prady, and Tracy Stuardi.
The Steering Group comprised Doug Altman and David Moher (CONSORT), Hugh
MacPherson and Richard Hammerschlag (STRICTA), and Li Youping and Wu Taixiang
(Chinese Cochrane Centre).
The consultation with experts in 2008, which was
piloted with the help of Mark Bovey, Val Hopwood and Adrian White, involved a
panel consisting of: Joyce Anastasi, Stephen Birch, Joao Bosco, Claudia
Citkovitz, Remy Coeytaux, Misha Cohen, Agatha Colbert, Helen Elden, Reginaldo de
Carvalho Silva Filho, Alastair Forbes, Nadine Foster, Joel Gagnier, Mark Goldby,
Marita Gronlund, Richard Harris, Dominik Irnich, Helene Langevin, Lao Lixing,
Anna Lee, Lee Hyangsook, Lee Myeongsoo, Lee Sanghoon, George Lewith, Klaus
Linde, Liu Jianping, Ryan Milley, Scott Mist, Dieter Melchart, Albrecht
Molsberger, Vitaly Napadow, Richard Niemtzow, Park Jongbae, Mahmood Saghaei,
Koosnadi Saputra, Rosa Schnyer, Charles Shang, Karen Sherman, Shin Byung-Cheul,
Caroline Smith, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Kien Trinh, Jorge Vas, Andrew Vickers,
Peter White, Claudia Witt, Hitoshi Yamashita, Christopher Zaslawski.
The STRICTA Revision Group, who participated in the consensus-building workshop in Freiburg in October 2008, comprised the six members of the Steering Group and Stephen Birch, Isabelle Boutron, Mark Bovey, Fei Yutong, Joel Gagnier, Sally Hopewell, Val Hopwood, Susanne Jena, Klaus Linde, Liu Jianping, Kien Trinh, Emma Veitch, Adrian White, and Hitoshi Yamashita.
MacPherson H, Altman DG. Improving the quality of
reporting acupuncture interventions: describing the collaboration between
STRICTA, CONSORT and the Chinese Cochrane Centre. Journal of Evidence-Based
Medicine. 2009; 2: 1-4.
Prady SL, MacPherson H. Assessing the Utility of the Standards for Reporting Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA): A Survey of Authors. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2007, 13(9): 939-944.
SJ, Morton VM, MacPherson H. A
Systematic Evaluation of the Impact of STRICTA and CONSORT Recommendations on
Quality of Reporting for Acupuncture Trials. PLoS
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