The Single-Case Reporting Guideline in BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 statement

Tate, Robyn L., Perdices, Michael, Rosenkoetter, Ulrike, Shadish, William, Vohra, Sunita, Barlow, David H., Horner, Robert, Kazdin, Alan, Kratochwill, Thomas, McDonald, Skye, Sampson, Margaret, Shamseer, Larissa, Togher, Leanne, Albin, Richard, Backman, Catherine, Douglas, Jacinta, Evans, Jonathan J., Gast, David, Manolov, Rumen, Mitchell, Geoffrey, Nickels, Lyndsey, Nikles, Jane, Ownsworth, Tamara, Rose, Miranda, Schmid, Christopher H. and Wilson, Barbara (2016) The Single-Case Reporting Guideline in BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 statement. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 73 142-152. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.04.006


Author Tate, Robyn L.
Perdices, Michael
Rosenkoetter, Ulrike
Shadish, William
Vohra, Sunita
Barlow, David H.
Horner, Robert
Kazdin, Alan
Kratochwill, Thomas
McDonald, Skye
Sampson, Margaret
Shamseer, Larissa
Togher, Leanne
Albin, Richard
Backman, Catherine
Douglas, Jacinta
Evans, Jonathan J.
Gast, David
Manolov, Rumen
Mitchell, Geoffrey
Nickels, Lyndsey
Nikles, Jane
Ownsworth, Tamara
Rose, Miranda
Schmid, Christopher H.
Wilson, Barbara
Title The Single-Case Reporting Guideline in BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 statement
Journal name Journal of Clinical Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1878-5921
0895-4356
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.04.006
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 73
Start page 142
End page 152
Total pages 11
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2713 Epidemiology
Abstract We developed a reporting guideline to provide authors with guidance about what should be reported when writing a paper for publication in a scientific journal using a particular type of research design: the single-case experimental design. This report describes the methods used to develop the Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016. As a result of 2 online surveys and a 2-day meeting of experts, the SCRIBE 2016 checklist was developed, which is a set of 26 items that authors need to address when writing about single-case research. This article complements the more detailed SCRIBE 2016 Explanation and Elaboration article (Tate et al., 2016) that provides a rationale for each of the items and examples of adequate reporting from the literature. Both these resources will assist authors to prepare reports of single-case research with clarity, completeness, accuracy, and transparency. They will also provide journal reviewers and editors with a practical checklist against which such reports may be critically evaluated. We recommend that the SCRIBE 2016 is used by authors preparing manuscripts describing single-case research for publication, as well as journal reviewers and editors who are evaluating such manuscripts. Scientific Abstract Reporting guidelines, such as the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Statement, improve the reporting of research in the medical literature (Turner et al., 2012). Many such guidelines exist and the CONSORT Extension to Nonpharmacological Trials (Boutron et al., 2008) provides suitable guidance for reporting between groups intervention studies in the behavioral sciences. The CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials (CENT 2015) was developed for multiple crossover trials with single individuals in the medical sciences (Shamseer et al., 2015; Vohra et al., 2015), but there is no reporting guideline in the CONSORT tradition for single-case research used in the behavioral sciences. We developed the Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 to meet this need. This Statement article describes the methodology of the development of the SCRIBE 2016, along with the outcome of 2 Delphi surveys and a consensus meeting of experts. We present the resulting 26-item SCRIBE 2016 checklist. The article complements the more detailed SCRIBE 2016 Explanation and Elaboration article (Tate et al., 2016) that provides a rationale for each of the items and examples of adequate reporting from the literature. Both these resources will assist authors to prepare reports of single-case research with clarity, completeness, accuracy, and transparency. They will also provide journal reviewers and editors with a practical checklist against which such reports may be critically evaluated.
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We developed a reporting guideline to provide authors with guidance about what should be reported when writing a paper for publication in a scientific journal using a particular type of research design: the single-case experimental design. This report describes the methods used to develop the Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016. As a result of 2 online surveys and a 2-day meeting of experts, the SCRIBE 2016 checklist was developed, which is a set of 26 items that authors need to address when writing about single-case research. This article complements the more detailed SCRIBE 2016 Explanation and Elaboration article (Tate et al., 2016) that provides a rationale for each of the items and examples of adequate reporting from the literature. Both these resources will assist authors to prepare reports of single-case research with clarity, completeness, accuracy, and transparency. They will also provide journal reviewers and editors with a practical checklist against which such reports may be critically evaluated. We recommend that the SCRIBE 2016 is used by authors preparing manuscripts describing single-case research for publication, as well as journal reviewers and editors who are evaluating such manuscripts.

Scientific Abstract: Reporting guidelines, such as the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Statement, improve the reporting of research in the medical literature (Turner et al., 2012). Many such guidelines exist and the CONSORT Extension to Nonpharmacological Trials (Boutron et al., 2008) provides suitable guidance for reporting between groups intervention studies in the behavioral sciences. The CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials (CENT 2015) was developed for multiple crossover trials with single individuals in the medical sciences (Shamseer et al., 2015; Vohra et al., 2015), but there is no reporting guideline in the CONSORT tradition for single-case research used in the behavioral sciences. We developed the Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 to meet this need. This Statement article describes the methodology of the development of the SCRIBE 2016, along with the outcome of 2 Delphi surveys and a consensus meeting of experts. We present the resulting 26-item SCRIBE 2016 checklist. The article complements the more detailed SCRIBE 2016 Explanation and Elaboration article (Tate et al., 2016) that provides a rationale for each of the items and examples of adequate reporting from the literature. Both these resources will assist authors to prepare reports of single-case research with clarity, completeness, accuracy, and transparency. They will also provide journal reviewers and editors with a practical checklist against which such reports may be critically evaluated.
Keyword Methodology
Publication standards
Reporting guidelines
Single-case design
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID CE110001021
FT120100102
Institutional Status UQ

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