Quality of reporting of randomised controlled trials of herbal interventions in ASEAN plus six countries: A systematic review

Pratoomsoot, Chayanin, Sruamsiri, Rosarin, Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth and Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn (2015) Quality of reporting of randomised controlled trials of herbal interventions in ASEAN plus six countries: A systematic review. PLoS One, 10 1: e108681-e108681. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108681


Author Pratoomsoot, Chayanin
Sruamsiri, Rosarin
Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth
Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn
Title Quality of reporting of randomised controlled trials of herbal interventions in ASEAN plus six countries: A systematic review
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-01-29
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0108681
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page e108681
End page e108681
Total pages 17
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
Many randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of herbal interventions have been conducted in the ASEAN Communities. Good quality reporting of RCTs is essential for assessing clinical significance. Given the importance ASEAN placed on herbal medicines, the reporting quality of RCTs of herbal interventions among the ASEAN Communities deserved a special attention.

Objectives
To systematically review the quality of reporting of RCTs of herbal interventions conducted in the ASEAN Plus Six Countries.

Methods
Searches were performed using PubMed, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, and Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED), from inception through October 2013. These were limited to studies specific to humans and RCTs. Herbal species search terms were based on those listed in the National List of Essential Medicines [NLEM (Thailand, 2011)]. Studies conducted in the ASEAN Plus Six Countries, published in English were included.

Results
Seventy-one articles were identified. Thirty (42.25%) RCTs were from ASEAN Countries, whereas 41 RCTs (57.75%) were from Plus Six Group. Adherence to the recommended CONSORT checklist items for reporting of RCTs of herbal interventions among ASEAN Plus Six Countries ranged from 0% to 97.18%. Less than a quarter of the RCTs (18.31%) reported information on standardisation of the herbal products. However, the scope of our interventions of interest was limited to those developed from 20 herbal species listed in the NLEM of Thailand.

Conclusions
The present study highlights the need to improve reporting quality of RCTs of herbal interventions across ASEAN Plus Six Communities.
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