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Systematic reviews: the QUOROM statement

Instruction for authors submitting systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials:1

  • You must use the headings, subheadings and guidance of the checklist in Table 1 to structure your manuscript.

  • Please also submit a copy of the completed checklist with your manuscript, indicating whether each item was reported and the page number where it can be located.

  • Your manuscript must include a chart showing the flow of studies through the review as illustrated in Figure 1.

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    Progress through the stages of a systematic review of RCTs

Table 1 Table 1


  1. Moher D, Cook DJ, Eastwood S, Olkin I, Rennie D, Stroup DF Improving the quality of reports of meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials: the QUOROM statement. Quality of Reporting of Meta-analyses. Lancet 1999; 354: 1896–1900.

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Systematic reviews: the QUOROM statement. Br Dent J 192, 662 (2002).

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