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A prospective survey of patients with valvular heart disease in Europe: The Euro Heart Survey on Valvular Heart Disease.
AIMS To identify the characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of contemporary patients with valvular heart disease (VHD) in Europe, and to examine adherence to guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS TheExpand
Extending the CONSORT statement to randomized trials of nonpharmacologic treatment: explanation and elaboration.
Adequate reporting of randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) is necessary to allow accurate critical appraisal of the validity and applicability of the results. The CONSORT (Consolidated Standards ofExpand
Evaluation of clinically relevant changes in patient reported outcomes in knee and hip osteoarthritis: the minimal clinically important improvement.
BACKGROUND In clinical trials, at the group level, results are usually reported as mean and standard deviation of the change in score, which is not meaningful for most readers. OBJECTIVE ToExpand
EULAR Sjögren's syndrome disease activity index: development of a consensus systemic disease activity index for primary Sjögren's syndrome
Objective To develop a disease activity index for patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS): the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Sjögren's syndrome disease activity index (ESSDAI).Expand
Decision-making in elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis: why are so many denied surgery?
AIMS To analyse decision-making in elderly patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS). METHODS AND RESULTS In the Euro Heart Survey on valvular heart disease, 216 patients aged > or =75Expand
Rituximab versus azathioprine for maintenance in ANCA-associated vasculitis.
BACKGROUND The combination of cyclophosphamide and glucocorticoids leads to remission in most patients with antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides. However, even whenExpand
Comparison of registered and published primary outcomes in randomized controlled trials.
CONTEXT As of 2005, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors required investigators to register their trials prior to participant enrollment as a precondition for publishing the trial'sExpand
Evaluation of clinically relevant states in patient reported outcomes in knee and hip osteoarthritis: the patient acceptable symptom state.
BACKGROUND The patient acceptable symptom state (PASS) is the value beyond which patients can consider themselves well. This concept can help in interpreting results of clinical trials. OBJECTIVEExpand
Reporting and interpretation of randomized controlled trials with statistically nonsignificant results for primary outcomes.
CONTEXT Previous studies indicate that the interpretation of trial results can be distorted by authors of published reports. OBJECTIVE To identify the nature and frequency of distorted presentationExpand
Methods and processes of the CONSORT Group: example of an extension for trials assessing nonpharmacologic treatments.
BACKGROUND The conduct of randomized, controlled trials of nonpharmacologic treatments presents specific challenges that are not adequately addressed in trial reports. OBJECTIVE To develop anExpand
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