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Improving people’s health: applying behavioural and social sciences

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The Behavioural and Social Science Strategy - Improving People's Health was published by the Campaign for the Social Sciences to enable the broad public health system to use behavioural and social sciences. It was developed by a collaboration of academics, public health professionals and representatives from funders and learned bodies, chaired by Professor Susan Michie.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.


NICE evidence search

NICE Evidence Services are a suite of services that provide internet access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice. The services cover health, social care and public health evidence. Evidence Services aim to help professionals make better and quicker evidence based decisions.


AllTrials

The AllTrials campaign is an initiative of Bad Science, the BMJ, Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, Cochrane Collaboration, James Lind Initiative, PLOS and Sense About Science and is being led in the US by Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The AllTrials campaign was launched in January 2013 and calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported. The campaign has published a detailed plan on how all clinical trials can be registered and all results reported.


NICE Guidance

NICE guidance sets the standards for high quality healthcare and encourages healthy living. NICE Guidance can be used by the NHS, Local Authorities, employers, voluntary groups and anyone else involved in delivering care or promoting wellbeing.


CONSORT guidelines

Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT), encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The main product of CONSORT is the CONSORT Statement, which is an evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting RCTs. It offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, and aiding their critical appraisal and interpretation.

CONSORT is part of a broader push to produce reporting guidelines (RGs) for many different types of research.

References
Montgomery P, Grant S, Mayo-Wilson E, Macdonald G, Michie S, Hopewell S, Moher D.
(2018) Reporting randomised trials of social and psychological interventions: the CONSORT-SPI 2018 Extension, Trials, 19(407):1-14, DOI:1186/s13063-018-2733-1. 

Grant S, Mayo-Wilson E, Montgomery P, Macdonald G, Michie S, Hopewell S, Moher D.
(2018) CONSORT-SPI 2018 Explanation and Elaboration: guidance for reporting social and psychological intervention trials, Trials, 19(406):1-18, DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2735-z.


Better reporting of interventions: Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide

Without a complete published description of interventions, clinicians and patients cannot reliably implement interventions that are shown to be useful, and other researchers cannot replicate or build on research findings. The quality of description of interventions in publications, however, is remarkably poor. To improve the completeness of reporting, and ultimately the replicability, of interventions, an international group of experts and stakeholders developed the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide.

Reference

Hoffmann TC, Glasziou PP, Boutron I, Milne R, Perera R, Moher D, Altman DG, Barbour V, Macdonald H, Johnston M, Lamb SE, Dixon-Woods M, McCulloch P, Wyatt JC, Chan A-W, Michie S 
(2014) Better reporting of interventions: the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide, British Medical Journal, 348:g1687, DOI:  10.1136/bmj.g1687.