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12.16. Biased Outcome reporting Guidelines for Underwhelming Studies (BOGUS) statement and checklist

Bauer GR

BMJ 2021; 375:e067350 doi: 10.1136/bmj-2021-067350

Comment: Do not miss this article from the Christmas edition of The BMJ published in 2021.

Short Summary: With some ethanol assistance, the generation of 13 final checklist items and a flow diagram-guided structure of the checklist was produced by a single author who had multiple opinions. These guidelines direct authors to better underemphasize limitations, underestimate bias, and undervalue their readers without underselling their work. The Biased Outcome reporting Guidelines for Underwhelming Studies (BOGUS) initiative fills a gap in the multitude of existing reporting guidelines. While most guidelines (e.g. STROBE, CONSORT, STARD) highlight the strengths of already robust studies, BOGUS highlights the “strengths” of weak studies. Do not miss the visual summary!

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